“It’s a tour de force performance that mesmerizes with its deft wit and razor sharp humour…★★★★ (out of 4)”
– Calgary Sun
Produced by 2b theatre company
(Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
The God that Comes is a wine-soaked rock & roll cabaret celebrating the god of wine and ecstasy, starring the prolific Canadian rock multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman. This solo performance – Workman plays all of the characters and instruments himself – fuses the chaotic revelry of a rock concert with the intimacy of theatrical storytelling.
The show is a tonic for a society that has lost its sense of balance, and for a people that have lost touch with their animal instincts. It is an invitation to raise a glass together, hear a story, and get lost in the music for a few hours.
This concept album for the stage tells the story of the Greco-Roman god of wine Bacchus (or Dionysus) and uses Euripides’ The Bacchae as a primary source. In a world ruled by greed and an oppressive king obsessed with rules and order, the lesser classes have taken to the countryside in a hedonistic spiritual revolution fuelled by wine, ritual madness, and ecstasy. Women, slaves, outlaws, and foreigners have all gone to the mountain to worship the god of wine, and to commune with their animal needs to dance, to lose control, to get drunk, and have sex. The king rails against the protesters, leading to a bloody conclusion. It’s part play, part concert, and all bacchanalian.
Contains strong language.