Collide Theatre in partnership with Elizabeth Filippouli and in association with the Arcola Theatre present

Fabulous Creatures

Written by Quentin Beroud & Emily Louizou

Directed by Emily Louizou
Lyrics by Quentin Beroud
Music by Irene Skylakaki
Movement & Choreography by Ioli Filippakopoulou 

The untold story of the female monsters of The Odyssey.

“For us Femme Fatale is less of an archetype, more of a mission statement”

Welcome to the Monstrous Cabaret Club, a place to drown more than your sorrows, where the acts are unreal and the voices to die for! Whether you’re strapping in for the Sirens or caught between Scylla and Charybdis, you’re in for a night you’ll never survive forget!

Once the pre-eminent killers of the mythical age, who even Gods would turn to for their dirty work, they’ve long given up their licence to kill. Now they run a private club hidden somewhere between Mount Olympus and the Underworld.

They used to kill, but now they cabaret:

  • SIREN, the woman-bird with the notorious voice
  • SCYLLA the rock star with her outrageous costumes
  • And last but not least the shapeshifting CHARYBDIS aka “Whirlpool”, the hostess of the grotesque, your MC with no clemency.

But the glamorous routine of their cabaret life is about to be shattered. A desperate and determined woman comes to them for help in taking down her abusive husband before he returns from a ten year war. These fabulous creatures are now faced with a deadly dilemma: sacrifice the safety of the shadows or come out into the light and help a stranger in her hour of need?

As the stakes ratchet up, we move from cabaret to tragedy.

Collide (“clearly a company to keep an eye on”, The Guardian) invites you to an epic new show about revenge and sisterhood. An ensemble of three brings you the never before told story of the female monsters of The Odyssey, blending humour and darkness, myth and modernity and Collide’s signature dream-like aesthetic.

This production is supported by the Embassy of Greece in London, The Hellenic Centre, and Athena40.

Special thanks to Sinéad O’Keeffe for lending her voice as Clytemnestra’s mother.

Content Warnings: Strobe lighting, references to suicide and death.


Post Show Q&A:  The Making of Fabulous Creatures – Friday 24th May 

A post-show discussion with the cast and the director on the creative process and the challenges of re-inventing mythological monsters on stage.