Styx review – rock'n'roll and memory loss
Zoo Southside, Edinburgh
Using music, Greek myth and family history to explore dementia, this rousing gig/show is intimate and epic
This storytelling concert is a tribute to the power of music, both for its ability to create new memories and to restore old ones. Writer Max Barton and his sister Addison Axe weave together music, myth and family history, tells us about their 87-year-old grandma Flora, who has Alzheimer’s. Accompanied by five Australian alt-rock musicians, Styx is a moving, creative exploration of memory loss.
Beautifully staged, the band are gathered like the gods. Their stands are dotted with flickering synapses of light and their rousing, soulful music, at once full of life and mourning. Both song and story are blended with the myth of Orpheus, the god of music, and in tracing the history of Barton and Axe’s grandparents, coincidental parallels tie myth to reality.Continue reading...