Homer Prepares is a sequence of performances, reflecting the structure of the twenty-four “books” in which the poem is now arranged.
James McCaughey and percussionist, Matthew Horsley, takes each of those books in turn and explores it as a story in its own right – an entertainment with a structure and tonality.
Each performance creates a world of its own. Cumulatively they build the experience of the Iliad creating a vortex in which audience and characters are alike caught up.
Homer Prepares explores the interplay between composition and improvisation that lies at the heart of the Iliad.
We see Homer thinking ahead about the day’s singing, contemplating the narrative choices available, shaping the work to grasp his audience’s attention and challenge their expectations.
The performances are set at an imagined festival on an imagined island to which people have come “from all the islands, the coastal cities, and beyond”.