Love, war, myth and reality: how far have we come from the days of Achilles?

Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, with its tales of Troy, of heartbreak and of devastation, NMT Automatics, in collaboration with CPUGRD, present: Tempus Fugit. Fusing myth and modern experience, we explore the effects of trauma and war; asking the questions: how and why do we tell battle narratives, and how do they affect our perception of warfare and the roles of soldiers and their partners, both present and past? In this workshop we unpick the processes that combine movement, mask, music, text, and academic research to create relevant and vital work.

Join us and our collaborators Andres Velasquez, Jon Hesk @Heskers, Alice Konig @KonigAlice on the 19th August FREE Tickets and info #AATVF

Scotland, The British Museum, a Quiz and Troy!

Superb news that our collaboration with The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman, based at St Andrews, has got confirmation, meaning we shall be returning to Scotland, in March, to continue developing our new show inspired by the Iliad!

Before that we will be performing an extract of the work at the British Museum, on the 22nd of February, as part of a ‘Creative responses to Troy’ event to go along with their main Troy exhibition.

We’ve also got out our fundraiser quiz, on March 1st, with some fantastic raffle prizes lined up!

Our next performance will be Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily -taken from our 2016 production Dido & Aeneas: Remixed and will be performed at the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Tall Ships Festival 2017 on Sunday April the 16th on the main stage by the Cutty Sark at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.45pm.

Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily

Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily, a short performance – taken from our 2016 production Dido & Aeneas: Remixed will be performed at the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Tall Ships Festival 2017 on Sunday April the 16th on the main stage by the Cutty Sark at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.45pm.
It is adapted from Virgil’s The Aeneid and is a unique mixture of Purcell’s original music with a new electrical, beat driven soundscape; text, corporeal theatre and urban/lyrical dance.
In July 2016 we were selected to perform this off-shoot extract, in front of the glorious Nereid Monument, at The British Museum as part of a free ‘Late’ event, Sicilian Splendour, that tied in with their main exhibition Sicily: Culture and Conquest. 
Aeneas in Sicily is an exciting, physical delve into the legends of Scylla and Charybdis – the monster and whirlpool – who notoriously plagued ancient sailors, and a vibrant re-telling of the famous Cyclops episode, as immortalised in The Odyssey. It is told through the eyes of Aeneas, with the Carthaginian Queen Dido listening on and offering her help and admiration to a man she acknowledges as both a hero and a refugee.
It is performed by two actors, Noah Young and Genevieve Dunne, and lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Dates of performance:
The British Museum
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance (30mins)
22nd July 22nd 2016
Redbridge Central Library, Ilford
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performance (30mins) & ‘Greek Chorus’ workshop (40mins)
24th October (3pm – 4.15pm)
Tall Ships Festival 2017, Greenwich Cutty Sark
Myths of an Island: Aeneas in Sicily
Extract performances: April  16th 2017 11.30am, 1.30pm, 1.45pm