Jazz maestro Django Reinhardt brought to life in Orpheus at the Everyman

THIS month, theatregoers will be transported to 1930s Paris in all its bohemian vibrancy, as the Everyman hosts Little Bulb’s madcap, musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth Orpheus, from 20 to 24 October. Set to a live score of hot club jazz, opera and French chanson, Orpheus is a musical re-imagining of the epic Greek myth. Charismatic songstress Yvette Pépin and her troupe of operatic players perform the thrilling tale of Orpheus’s ill-fated descent into the underworld to reclaim his lost love, Eurydice. Music has played an integral part in Orpheus with a veritable feast of original compositions alongside Bach, Monteverdi, Edith Piaf and Debussy. In preparing to play Django Reinhardt, the jazz maestro cast as the lead in the Parisian play, actor Dominic Conway trained and lived alongside guitar virtuoso Lollo Meier, in order to elevate his musical performance to the requisite level. Other members of the company learnt the double bass, clarinet and slide-whistle from scratch before hitting the road to play gigs across the UK as a real-life jazz band. Formed in 2008, Little Bulb Theatre has been widely applauded for its genre-shifting approach and readiness to embrace fresh challenges with every new production. From fantastical balletic farce to folk opera to intimate character pieces, no two shows are ever the same and Orpheus is their most ambitious production to date. Orpheus has already had two sold out runs at Battersea Arts Centre, and made a guest appearance at the Salzburg Festival. Audiences are guaranteed a lively, and unpredictable take on a classic story.