Psyche

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By Diane Samuels

An experimental and visionary designer has been

captivated by the story of Psyche and Eros and is

creating a series of pieces inspired by the myth. She

has found the right girl to be her model. But where

does the myth begin and where does it end?

Directed by Tracey Neale

Diane Samuels has written a play in celebration of St. Valentine's Day. She has located the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros into a modern context. The world of this re-telling, given that Aphrodite is also the goddess of beauty and art, is haute couture fashion. Aphrodite become Apra, an experimental and visionary designer who has herself been captivated by the story of Psyche. Apra's secret pet project has been to design a series of pieces inspired by the myth. She has for a while been searching for a 'subject' to embody her emerging vision to enable her to start to realise it. Then she finds Lizzie. She offers Lizzie the opportunity to play a role as model and muse in the work in development and to be photographed by Apra's protege Andreas.

The play is a three-hander - a triangle. The drama follows the unfolding dynamics between them as Apra guides her Psyche through the story, placing her in various settings, dressing her in the garments that she is creating for each key moment. But Apra's control is challenged when Andreas and Lizzie become attracted to one another.

Whose story, whose work, whose life is at play here? Where does the myth begin and where does it end?

The piece is melded together by many different renditions of 'Dance Me To The End of Love' by Leonard Cohen