Derek Walcott’s Omeros returns this October
Following its sell-out run last year, Derek Walcott’s adaptation of his Nobel Prize-winning epic poem Omeros returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The poem spans both time and continents, following the journey of a present-day Odysseus and a beautiful house servant Helen, who incites her own Trojan War.
The narrative is rooted on the island of Saint Lucia, Walcott’s home, and will be underscored by live music to evoke the flavour of the Caribbean and performed by Joseph Marcell and Joan Iyiola.
‘Striking yet simple … The intimate setting of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the music of Tayo Akinbode are the perfect backdrop to this poetic masterpiece. Omeros will take you across the ocean, to the shore of the island of Santa Lucia… A must see’
‘No poet rivals Mr. Walcott in humour, emotional depth, lavish inventiveness in language or in the ability to express the thoughts of his characters.’
The New York Times Book Review
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Music by Tayo Akinbode
Cast Joan Iyiola & Joseph Marcell
Omeros By Derek Walcott
Dates: 26 October – 31 October
Venue: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe
Booking Details: 020 7401 9919