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A stranger rolls into town. He says that you were in love, that he’s come to take you away. All you know is that this town will never really let you leave.

Sydney’s most innovative indie theatre group Lies, Lies and Propaganda – in association with Suspicious Woman Productions – turns the tragic ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice on its head with an Australian Gothic retelling.

When his fiancé is tragically killed on the day of their wedding, Orpheus charms his way into the underworld on a mission to reclaim her. But this place is nothing like he expected. There’s a bar, the Sheriff is inviting him to perform at the local talent show, and the next bus out of town doesn’t come until Thursday.

Director/Producer Michael Dean is thrilled with how this production has collaboratively incorporated the experiences of the cast.

“This is the most diverse cast we’ve ever had. Four of us are mixed-race, and everyone has a story of being from somewhere else and the pain involved in trying to go home again… Our unique process, drawing from personal experiences, means that our Orpheus is a distinctly and honestly Australian version of this classic tale,” said Dean.

This production also sees the Blood Moon Theatre used in a whole new way. Audiences will be immediately immersed in the world of the play as soon as they enter the humble space tucked into the back of the World Bar. The only theatre space in Sydney Dean knows to have a bar within the room, he encourages audiences to arrive half an hour before the show to enjoy a drink and soak up the atmosphere. (AM)

Aug 18–27, Tues-Sat 8pm, 3pm Sun. Blood Moon Theatre @ The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross. $25. Tickets: www.trybooking.com/MHWO Info: www.liesliesandpropaganda.com/lies-5