Killed by a love charm, Hercules is dead, but instead of awakening on Mt. Olympus as he was promised, he’s trapped in the Underworld with Hades and his reluctant queen, Persephone. She longs for news of the living and Hades demands that Hercules tell his life story in order to be freed. Forced to reflect on his murderous rages when young, the hero tells his own tale. Haunted by guilt after killing his wife and children, he’s given a path to redemption––a set of impossible labors. The Bull of Zeus. The Sacred Stag of Artemis. The Hydra. The Augean Stables. Twelve in all. But the tale doesn’t end there.
Odds Bodkin performs this award-winning story using vivid character voices, vocal effects and a full score on 12-string guitar. He opens with an introduction to Hercules’ place in Greek mythology on Celtic harp.
Since 1982, professional storyteller Odds Bodkin has combined dramatic voices, vocal effects, narrative and live music to create imaginative experiences for audiences. During those decades he has created hundreds of tales that range from a four hour version of The Odyssey to children’s musicals. Universities and Classical associations invite him to perform his versions of Homer, while schools assemble K-2 and 3-6 graders to experience GOLDEN RULE, his highly-effective shows that teach kindness using stories and conversation with students. Middle and high school audiences sit spellbound when he tells Hercules: The Legendary Bully. Using only 12-string guitars, Celtic harp and folk instruments without electronic effects, he transforms his voice into heroes, giants, villains and animals while playing live music to create vivid, cinematic soundscapes. He also creates realistic effects with his voice––water droplets, wind, galloping hoofs, crashing waves––to add imagery to his tales.
A published children’s author and award-winning recording artist, he has toured Great Britain, performed twice at The White House, been called “a consummate storyteller” by The New York Times for his Off-Broadway shows at Lincoln Center and been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. Museums like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston hire him to tell stories about works in their collections, while companies and organizations like IBM and Target commission original performances and voice-overs for outreach and educational media. His recordings and books have won Parents’ Choice, Indie, Golden Headset, Storytelling World, Pick of the Lists, Editors’ Choice and Dove awards.
Odds Bodkin’s unique storytelling audios and music recordings are available here as downloads. His epic novel in verse, The Water Mage’s Daughter, a high-fantasy word symphony, is available on Amazon.