Homer’s Iliad is the HBO series of the classics – the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war. The world’s oldest ‘performed story’.
At the invitation of Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch, William Zappa is premiering his 9 hour production, The Iliad – Out Loud, in January 2019 at Upstairs Belvoir St Theatre.
In addition to the Sydney Festival fee we need to raise $60K to bring this epic to the stage.
Originally commissioned in 2012 by ABC Radio Drama moments before it was abolished, William has been working for six years on his unique adaptation of over 18 translations of The Iliad using Iambic Hexameter as the base rhythm. His adaptation is for actors and for speaking out loud as it was meant to be.
William has presented readings in living rooms (Sydney and Athens), theatres (the Old Fitzroy Theatre and the Street Theatre Canberra), Steki Taverna in Newtown through to ANU and Oxford University. And now, adaptation complete – it is out loud from here on.
The Iliad – Out Loud festival premiere provides an opportunity for William’s vision to create an audio recording to bring his Iliad to a broader audience including schools. This production brings together some of Australian’s finest talents with actors Heather Mitchell, Socrates Otto and William Zappa alongside internationally acclaimed musicians Michael Askill and Hamed Sadeghi.
William has funded and resourced his Iliad thus far. Rehearsals begin on 26 November and the target is to find other ‘Iliadists’ to support this Sydney Festival production.
The goal is to raise $60K to cover the full costs of rehearsals; creative team and performer fees; set and costumes; musical instrument hires; and record this production for future audio audiences all by the end of December 2018.
William is supported by Creative Partnership Australia through MATCH Lab, and all donations up to $10K will be supported with a matched grant.