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Heracles High 5

A is for atlas

Presented in Season 1 2010

Presented by Arts House and A is for Atlas

7.30pm, Wed 23 Jun
7.30pm, Thurs 24 Jun
7.30pm, Fri 25 Jun
3pm, 7.30pm, Sat 26 Jun

70 mins, no interval
$25 / $18

Arts House
Meat Market
5 Blackwood St,
North Melbourne

Coarse language, violence, loud music and sound effects


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Heracles, hero of antiquity, hero of heroes, the hero for our time. As our adoration reaches the stars, can the hero deliver what we ask of him?

A contemporary disruption of the Greek myth of Heracles, Heracles High 5 dives headlong into the apathy and idolisation of the modern Australian hero culture.

In a romp of militaristic proportions, the 2010 incarnation of Heracles, accompanied by a post-punk three piece band and moderated by a variety emcee, hauls us through his sins, labours and salvation, through the interpreted Müller episode (his contemporary ‘labour’), to a final station inside the action and ambition of the common citizen.

What future our idols now?

‘Heracles 5’ text by:
Heiner Müller
Translated from German by:
Carl Weber
Concept, disruption, and original texts:
Xan Colman and Gert Reifarth
With music by:
Christopher Mildren

Supported by – This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
Image by – Brianna O’Neil