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STYX is an award-winning theatre-concert about family, myth and memory loss from new theatre company Second Body. Performed by an international supergroup of musicians, it tells the true story of a grandmother and grandson piecing together the memories that connect them across time. Weaving together riotous songs, intimate storytelling and a journey through the neuroscience of memory, STYX brings light to the experience of living and dying with Alzheimer’s and the extraordinary power music has to reignite fading memories.  

After theatremaker Max Barton’s grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he started recording interviews with her to preserve a record of her life. Through their conversations he discovered a parallel between a series of songs he had written based on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth and a music club founded by her and her husband in the fifties called the Orpheus Club. This serendipity led him on a journey of investigation to track down any remaining traces of the club and the people who frequented it, unearthing a wonderful story of music and memory along the way.  

Featuring a band of musicians from Australian alt-rock bands Jebediah, Axe Girl, The Love Junkies and The Tommyhawks, STYX brings together the original songs, recordings and myth with an exploration of the neuroscience of memory and the therapeutic effect music can have on brains damaged by dementia.

STYX debuted at the 2019 Perth Fringe, where it received critical acclaim and won a Fringe World Weekly Award.

“a highly accessible trip through the wires of human existence” ***** Around the Sound

“a powerful, thought-provoking and deeply sensory journey” ***** FringeFeed

"gorgeously atmospheric, exquisitely lit, ear-tingling journey into the past and memory itself" Lyn Gardner
We do not accept Amex.
Text, music and lyrics by Max Barton
Sound and Lighting designs by Jethro Cooke
Vocals, guitar - Max Barton
Vocals, guitar - Addison Axe
Guitar - Jethro Cooke
Alto Sax - Thea Woodward
Tenor Sax - Amy Tweed
Bass Guitar - Ness Thornton
Drums - Elloise Walsh
Recommended for ages 12+
THIS PRODUCTION runs for approximately 70 minutes.

Monday 2nd September 2019 -  Thursday 5th September 2019 

Monday 9th September 2019 -  Saturday 14th September 2019
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £14

Concession (Student, unemployed, over 60, Under 26)


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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