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The Odyssey Live Reading

Join WordTheatre at the 2018 London Literature Festival, now in its 12th year. We are delighted to be invited back to Southbank Centre by Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word. Come hear a live reading of  The Odyssey inspired by Emily Wilson’s groundbreaking new translation of Homer’s text, the first by a woman, and adapted by Claire Allfree. 

An exceptional cast of actors* directed by Cedering Fox, Artistic Director of WordTheatre, brings to life this enduring story of a hero making the perilous journey home to his family from the Trojan War. One of the oldest works of Western literature, composed in the eighth century BC, Homer’s timeless epic explores universal questions about what it means to have a home and what binds a family together. Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Joseph Marcell, Luke Newberry, Danny Sapani, Ray Panthaki, Nina Sosanya, Elliot Cowan, MyAnna Buring and Bellamy Young. Music composed by Jonathan Sacks.  Musical Director, Ewan Campbell.

*Casting subject to change without notice.







Danny Sapani, amongst his many memorable performances, is widely known for his roles in Black Panther, Penny Dreadful, The Crown, Victoria & Abdul, The Oxford Murders and many more highly credited movies.










Marianne Jean-Baptiste recently shot the lead in Peter Strickland’s feature IN FABRIC. She also shot the pilot, MIXTAPE, and upcoming Amazon show HOMECOMING, opposite Julia Roberts and based on the hit podcast. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Mike Leigh’s SECRETS & LIES and is also well known for her extensive work in theatre, including the National Theatre and the Royal Court. Other recent television includes BROADCHURCH and BLINDSPOT.









Luke Newberry  is best known for his leading role in the drama television series In the Flesh, which earned him a BAFTA TV Award nomination. Most recently in the TV movie To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters and the film Dusty and Me. 








Joseph Marcell, widely known for his role as Geoffrey on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has appeared in title roles in a wide range of acclaimed theatrical productions including King Lear at Shakespeare’s Globe, where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award , and  the premiere and world tour of Derek Walcott’s OMEROS. Numerous film and television roles include Richard Attenborough’s CRY FREEDOM, and the upcoming film directorial debut of Chiwitel Ejiofor, THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND. Marcell is a member of Shakespeare’s Globe Council in the UK and the US. 








Ray Panthaki, 2014 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, is an Actor, Producer, Writer & Director. Notable film and television roles include Kamal Ahmed in the upcoming  Official Secrets, Veber in Collette, Rav in Marcella, Ajy in Convenience, Jay in Once Crazy Thing, Hassan B in Ali G Indahouse. In 2013 he made his Royal Shakespeare Company debut in ‘The Empress’ directed by Emma Rice.









Nina Sosanya  recently closed in the West End production of Frozen and wrapped on Sharon Horgan/Merman’s new six part comedy, WOMEN ON THE VERGE. Other recent television work includes: Neil Gaiman’s GOOD OMENS, MARCELLA, LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX, W1A (three series), YOU, ME & THE APOCALYPSE.. Features include the upcoming RED JOAN with Judi Dench, Ricky Gervais’ DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD and LOVE ACTUALLY. Stage work includes Privacy and The Vote at the Donmar Warehouse









MyAnna Buring, is a Swedish born actress, was introduced to international audiences in the blockbuster films Descent and Twilight: Breaking Dawn and has gone on to star in such television series as Downton Abbey (2012), Ripper Street (2012-2016) and In The Dark (2017). 









Bellamy Young is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as President Melody “Mellie” Grant in the ABC drama series Scandal. Notable appearances on Broadway include Cy Coleman‘s “The Life” and  the revival of Stephen Sondheim‘s “Merrily We Roll Along”, Randy Newman‘s “Faust” of Lanford Wilson‘s “Book of Days”. Other film credits include Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, Mission Impossible lll and the television show Criminal Minds.  







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Elliot Cowan has recently starred as Lorenzo de’ Medici in Da Vinci’s Demons and Daron-Vex in Krypton. Cowan has also appeared in the films The Golden CompassHappy-Go-LuckyThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan ToomeyLove and Other Disasters, and Howl. His theatre work includes productions of The Revenger’s TragedyWomen Beware WomenHenry VThe Seagull and Camille.











Composer Jonathan Sacks has worked as composer and orchestrator on over 30 feature films. He is currently working on an untitled Noah Baumbach film featuring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. Some favorite film projects include Mr. Holland’s Opus, Toy Story 2 & 3, and both X-Files films. He has created orchestral arrangements for bands such as Metallica, Kiss, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Steve Martin & The Philadelphia Orchestra. Sacks has also written music for both the concert hall and stage. He began working with Cedering Fox in 1994, composing music for her program of Isak Dinesen Stories on KCRW. Recent WordTheatre® collaborations include 2017’s “In The Cosmos: Where We Come From, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going” in Los Angeles and “Hey Doyle! An Evening of Tales and Jazz” in East Hampton, New York in the summer of 2018.





Musical Director Ewan Campbell is the Director of Music at Churchill and Murray Edwards Colleges in Cambridge, and conducts the Wilderness Orchestra which performs his orchestral arrangements of artists such as Radiohead, David Bowie and Nina Simone. Campbell’s recent orchestral piece Frail Skies, premiered with the London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican Hall







Director Cedering Fox is the Founder and Artistic director of WordTheatre®: Giving Voice to Great Writing. Since 2003, in both the United States and England, she has been casting and directing renowned actors in original theatrical productions featuring literary works by the world finest authors brought to life in performance. Fox is also a highly regarded voiceover artist, known internationally from announcing “The Oscars”.