Perseus, Andromeda and the SEA-MONSTER

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A monstrous Greek myth in words and music, with audience participation
for children (c. 5-12 yrs) and the young in spirit.

Music by Dittersdorf (Perseus & Andromeda - a programmatic symphony) with live improvisations and audience participation.
Devised and narrated by Jonathan Rees with thanks and apologies to Ovid.

A very, ​​​very long time ago,                                
when humans lit up the dark night with yellow flickering candles
instead of bright electric lights,                      
and filled its silence with the soft tones of plucked instruments,
                                              rather than the tinny beats of iTunes playlists ...

... Andromeda, the beautiful Ethiopian princess,                                         
                    had a mother called Cassiopeia who was very proud, too proud, and thought she was more beautiful than anything that could be found in the oceans of the world,
                   more beautiful than an angel fish with its fine, long trailing tails,
                                                                    or a glint of moonlight  
                                                                                                                            on the dark blue waves.

But Poseidon,
the equally proud and very powerful God of the roaring sea and rumbling earthquakes was very, very angry at Cassiopeia’s pride. And because he was very angry and didn’t care about how other people felt, he sent a huge sea-monster to attack Cassiopeia’s country.

Find out how Andromeda almost ended up being eaten alive by the sea-monster, had it not been for the brave Perseus and his rather handy special flying powers ...