Set in a music club teetering on the edge of belonging, DIDO'S BAR is a new immersive theatre production premiering at the Royal Docks. Expect an evening of sumptuous music and electrifying storytelling as divine bar owners, Juno and Venus, welcome world-class artists onto their stage and around their performances, our drama unfolds.
DIDO'S BAR is an epic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, a story of migration, love and assimilation. Retold for the 21st century through the eyes of refugees today, the work is inspired by Director Josephine’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian refugee and now Finnish resident Composer, Marouf Majidi. Marouf’s personal and musical contribution, alongside Playwright Hattie Naylor, Josephine, the cast and the Dido’s Bar House Band, is the heartbeat of our tale.
A Dash Arts production, DIDO'S BAR is co-produced in the UK with the Royal Docks Team, Oxford Contemporary Music and Journeys Festival and co-commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music, with additional support from Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Projekt, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, The Marchus Trust, TINFO – Theatre Info Finland, Austin and Hope Pilkington, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Leche Trust and Dido’s Bar Giving Circle.
The event will take place at Unit F, The Factory, Factory Rd, Royal Docks, London E16 2HB.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Contains strobe lighting effects, strong language & violence.
Grace and White as Juno and Venus are both superb
Let’s hope Carthage finds a more acoustically friendly home as the play tours