Trowbridge Town Hall has partnered with National Theatre to create an epic nationwide production of The Odyssey in collaboration with local writer, Florence Espeut-Nickless, and featuring community residents.

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Public Acts, the NT’s nationwide programme to create extraordinary acts of theatre and community, The Odyssey will be an epic, nationwide multivenue production made in collaboration with hundreds of community members and professional artists from across the country. Through this landmark project, the adventures of Odysseus will be reimagined with our community companies as a universal story of resilience, loss, healing and hope for today.

The Odyssey was told in four episodes taking place across the country in Spring 2023, culminating with a fifth and final episode on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre in August 2023. Trowbridge Town Hall produced the third episode of The Odyssey, The Four Winds, in partnership with the NT, written by playwright Florence Espeut-Nickless and performed by members of the local community.

The Four Winds:

Having just survived the Cyclops, Odysseus and his crew discover Aeolia, a beautiful party island ruled by a power-hungry Queen. The crew are Trowbridge lads desperate to get home, signed up for a war they had no say in.

It tells this ancient story through the contemporary lens of Andy and Dion, a couple in love, from Studley Green. When Andy is drafted into the army by Odysseus, it’s Dion and their young kids who will pay the ultimate price.

It looks at who our leaders are, who pays for their failings, and how we survive when our everyday heroes are taken from us.

The Four Winds took place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of April.  Tickets for all four performances sold out.

The Making Of: The Four Winds – A Documentary is available to watch now over on our YouTube.