Simon Armitage creates a contemporary interpretation of the famous Greek myth.
The myth of Orpheus and Eurydice has inspired poets, painters and especially musicians since ancient times. As a season of revivals at the Royal Opera House season explores this most potent of musical stories, poet Simon Armitage and playwright Linda Marshall Griffiths each tell their own versions of the story of the doomed lovers on Radio 4.
Eurydice and Orpheus. Her story...by Simon Armitage.
Sanna is a lab technician in a seed vault at a university. She stores and tends to seeds from flowers and trees from all over the world. She mostly loves the flowers...Coltsfoot, Early Star of Bethlehem, Lady's Bedstraw, Farewell to Spring, Eyebright, Forget-me-not...
She's had her eye on a busking musician she passes on her way home from work in the subway. One evening, on a whim, she stops to talk. They quickly become close and fall in love. Sanna persuades Zak to turn his back on a life of drugs and crime. Having survived withdrawal, this gifted musician picks up a harp and discovers that he has an overwhelming natural talent, one that will have a deep, irreversible effect on both their lives.
Eurydice and Orpheus by Simon Armitage
Harpist - Jon Banks
Produced in Salford by Susan Roberts.