Learning from the Ancient Greek Experts
The Ancient Greeks knew something about storytelling. Whether it was their love of flawed heroes or the pivotal concept of hubris (excessive pride and self-confidence), they were able to keep audiences of the time rapt in anticipation. But their influence didn’t end there . . .
The powerful storytelling style has influenced the development of Western sitcoms, born many successful entertainment franchises such as Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and formed the foundation for operas, Apollo spacecraft and even rollercoasters. There is something about the epic style that creates a timeless appeal.
And its influence has extended to Matthew Robinson’s latest amazing show Atlantis. This Melbourne concert version only played two shows at Chapel off Chapel on Sunday night, but both audiences were as transfixed as their Greek counterparts back in the Ancient times.
The story revolves around a coming-of-age Atlantian Theo as he falls in love with an outsider, Maia. However, there is a twist. The Atlantian high council possesses a document warning of a devastating God’s wrath from accepting an outsider into their community. This causes a staunch rift between the powerbrokers set amidst the blossoming love of Theo and Maia.
While the impressive cast of Australian musical theatre greats certainly helped in pulling off this exciting musical, the underlying storyline created by Matthew Robinson was nothing short of epic. And I mean epic in the Ancient Greek way!
This style, which has captivated audiences for years, ordinarily concerns a serious subject containing heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation. And Matthew Robinson’s Atlantis certainly satisfies the Greek storytelling ideal which suggests why attendees have been raving about the performance since Sunday night.
Whether in marketing, storytelling or construction, it is important to learn from the experts. While Matthew Robinson has received guidance from current Broadway experts such as Wicked-creator Stephen Schwartz and many representatives from Broadway’s biggest production companies, his epic story has also taken guidance from the historical experts from Ancient Greek times.
This has resulted in a work that will hopefully have the same enduring and wide-spread appeal as those of his Ancient Greek counterparts.
At the moment Matthew Robinson is returning to New York to capitalise on the great interest that has been shown in this new work. Keep an eye on it because it certainly deserves to go far!