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2024 Festival

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Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 3
Number of Principals (Female): 7
Number of Principals (Trans / GNC): 1
Preferred Ensemble Size: 4
Total Cast Size: 15
Orchestra Breakdown:

Onstage preferable – Guitar, Mandola/Banjo, Upright Bass, Perc, Fiddle, Cello, Melodeon/Harp, Flute

Casting Notes:

The orchestra will be an actor-muso band who I envisage being onstage for the entirety piece and contributing to the action physically and vocally. The 4 ensemble members will integrate with the band throughout, as both singers and dancers, and together, they will provide a Greek Chorus of sorts, supporting and commenting on the action as it happens.

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This folk-inspired, musical retelling of the Greek myth reclaims the narrative and gives Medusa the space to be the heroine of her own story. Medusa is a reclamation of our voices, our stories, our sisterhood. So, step out of the shadows, scream it at the top of your
lungs, and let your story be heard.

Development History

The idea for Medusa was conceived in March 2023 while Parisa Shahmir was on tour with Fisherman’s Friends (UK) and, with the help of her London collaborators, she has been developing a concept album for the piece which continues to grow and shift as the show itself develops. Upon receiving funding from Help Musicians UK in February 2024, Parisa self-produced a showcase performance of Medusa to an industry audience in London.