Playground Theatre · 02 SEP - 14 SEP

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 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.

Critic reviews

An emotional multisensorial journey across the dark recesses of the past. Using songs, poetry and storytelling, it pays tribute to eternal love and the power of music to keep memories alive

Everything Theatre

Moving, gorgeous Orpheus-inspired song cycle about the fragility of memory

The Stage

A lovely show, and a wise one too. At its heart is a neat conceit that collides with Barton’s shimmering melodies that are sometimes quietly meditative and sometimes emotionally wrenching. The band is really fab too

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Whilst in Perth, the show won a Fringe Weekly Award, which is hardly surprising considering the high quality of music, storytelling and showmanship the show has

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 2 Sep - Sat 14 Sep, 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 10 mins


Playground Theatre
The Playground Theatre 8, Latimer Industrial Estate, Latimer Rd, London W10 6RQ London, UK · Get Directions

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