Thespis of Icaria, according to Aristotle, was the first person to take to the stage and portray someone other than himself. On 23rd November 534 BC Thespis wore a mask and performed as Dionysus, the god of ritual madness and religious ecstasy. It was at this moment that Tragedy was created. The ghost of Thespis is said to wreak havoc upon theatres all over the world to this day, especially on 23rd November each year.
On 23rd November 2015, the Theo Adams Company united a group of performers to create a series of theatrical characters to summon the ghost of Thespis.
Published in Exhibition Magazine
Photography by Neil Bedford
Creative Direction by Theo Adams
Styling by Nick Royal
Make-Up by Isamaya Ffrench
Hair by Shiori Takahashi
Nails by Imarni
Pippa Brooks, Sophia Brown, Jordan Hunt, Eloise Hymas, Wei Lin, Nando Messias, Sarah Moore, Jon Pointing and Adjorka Zybura
Shot and Edited by Sam Williams
Music by Jordan Hunt
Romanian Dubbing by Martin Cohn & Anna Lewenhaupt