November 9-13 1999 Sandfield Theatre. "Oh how I wish that an embargo Had kept in port the good ship Argo!" There is no embargo on the adventures and fun as our intrepid Argonauts set sail in search of the Golden Fleece. Follow the fortunes for these young adventurers in their perilous quest, watched over by the Gods on Mount Olympus. Will they defeat the Harpies or will Jason find true love? These well loved tales from Greek mythology are told in a very lively fashion through drama and dance by an integrated company of young people which includes students with special needs. The legend of the Argonauts is one of the earliest known to the Greeks. It certainly goes back to the ninth or tenth century B.C. The poet Homer wrote about the Argonauts and other references, in The Illiad and The Odyssey presume a widespread familiarity with the legend. The story of Jason and the Argonauts is second only to the Trojan War as the inspiration for Greek literary epics, the most notable being Apollonious of Rhodes' Argonautica written in 260 B.C. Heroic epics celebrating the exploits of forebears were told before battle to instill courage in warriors. Myths and traditional legends often involved figures on the supernatural or divine plane and as the tale of Jason and the Argonauts unfolds it reveals the interference by the Gods of Mount Olympus in the lives of mortals, their personal squabbles and jealousies having devastating effect. Had Athena and Hera not interfered to involve Medea, events may have taken a very different course! This particular company has won national and international praise for its work. In 1991 they won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival for a lively production of The Canterbury Tales. Recent successes have included The Decameron, Hans Up and Funny Bones.
Dave Stewart et al