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(I)sland (T)rap - The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey

“'utterly persuasive”

Austin wakes up on a beach and reimagines himself as Black Ulysses, thirsty for adventure but ever fearful of the problems that have haunted him all his life. He inhabits a world filled with societal unrest and gun crime, but faces up to his fear of water and enclosed spaces with the help of some animal friends and the council of a wise lobster. There are lots of influences credited in Austin Dean Ashford’s Odyssey, not least Disney’s The Jungle Book, but ultimately this is a one-man hip-hop poem about escape and the need for self care.

Using a mixture of fluid physical theatre, dance and rap-poetry, Ashford creates a vivid landscape of shimmering mountains and thick forests dominated by kindly panthers and insidious snakes. His quest is given a musical accompaniment and although there can’t be many rappers who could pull off a ukulele in their act, Ashford totally nails it.

Ashford paints a fascinating picture for (I)sland (T)rap: The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey but there are so many influences, the colour palette gets a little muddy at times. His storytelling technique, however, is utterly persuasive, drawing even the most die-hard cynic into the occasional snatches of audience participation.

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Production Details
Production name(I)sland (T)rap - The Epic Remixology of the Odyssey
VenueAssembly Checkpoint
StartsJuly 31, 2019
EndsAugust 26, 2019
Running time1hr
AuthorAustin Dean Ashford
DirectorCole Wimpee
CastAustin Dean Ashford
ProducerAztec Economy, Lyrical Therapy University
VerdictBreathtaking but occasionally digressive quest rap
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