Barnstaple's Fringe Theatre Festival
June 19th-22nd 2014

Threnody for the Sky Children

Jack Dean

theatre, spoken word, storytelling
age 14+
strong language
45 mins

"They say that an old man called Atlas holds up the sky,
and the adamantine lumps in his spine are mountains,
and the crystal blue pools of his eyes are oceans,
through which he stares at the nursery ceiling of space,
hoping eagles of solar fire will carry him home."

In a town in the middle of nowhere, in the attic of his parents' house, a man convinced he was born with wings flees from the chaos outside and picks through his confused past.

Threnody for the Sky Children is a surreal modern fable that draws inspiration from Ovid's epic poem Metamorphoses, and fuses mythology and music with a hint of zombie apocalypse.

Developed with support from Bristol Ferment

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Jack Dean is a writer and performer based in the South West who likes to take the hip hop medium he grew up with, goes out with it, gets it drunk and pushes it down the high street in a shopping trolley full of fireworks at 4am.

“Artists like rap storyteller Jack Dean make us excited about what they'll do next.”
Tom Morris in The Guardian

“Dean conjures up his own unique world of savage urban poetry”
The Public Reviews on Under Stokes Croft