A regular class and show attendee, our blogger Anthony reviews Hercules - A Dance Cabaret performed at Derby Theatre in collaboration with Déda, New Art Club, Dance4, Derby Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse.

The Characters

Pete Shenton (New Art Club) as Hercules

Tom Roden (New Art Club) as Greek Announcer

Bird Group

Hydra Group

Folk Group

Avis Cockbill

Janine Fletcher

Tina Tuomisto

Hercules announces 'We have dancers ready!' Greek tries his poems to announce his stories but Hercules stops him!

We will have to make the stories together with Disco! Grease plays from film, of same name. Lion enters, they fight Hercules, skins Lion. There are 12 tasks to tackle:

Greek tries poem again. Hercules beheads hydra BUT one head won’t go so the Greek takes her back to the dressing room! The Hind appears with gold antlers! Here Hercules plays a game - when he says close eyes audience do. And open! He tries to sneak up on Hind after several attempts, he takes the antlers. The stables – folk dancers dance and tread in the muck. A bullfight but the hog appears - it’s not now. Hog gets out a water gun attacks audience! It’s not now; it’s in the second half. Make yourself into the monsters, ‘Growl!’ he tells the audience. The Belt – hula hoop x4 then x20 what a way to spin a giant hula hoop! Dance Tina Dance!

What a load of chickens, it’s the bird! The Blues Brothers song! 4 groups of 4. The Gold Apples - play the throwing game. Don’t let him eat the gold apple! We’ll call him King Tom! It’s the horse man eaters and now close your eyes and we’ll play the game again. Open! The Bee song, the cattle Buzz Bum Buzz Bee! And now the whole cast on stage but the 3 headed dog has been forgotten so Hercules beheads him.

Overall Hercules was determined to have his disco; cunningly folding it into the Greek stories – he was having none of their nonsense. The Greek stories were ace and the show was fab! With disco, animals, and myths – roll on the next show!

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To find out more about upcoming Hercules showdates go to www.herculestour.co.uk

Greek Poem

Written by Anthony M

Shirt of tunic

Behind steel swords

a Song into Hercules

a Bird

Flesh of Man song

Roam-cattle gather

Storm Storm

Bee Song

Nobody come to play

Bite Bum Buzz Friend

Itchy Bit Sisters

Walk like an Egyptian! Walk under the Apple Tree!


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