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Friday, July 19, 2024

Professional wrestler Maddison Miles returns to Halifax in Mythos: Ragnarök

Twice ranked as one of the world's top hundred female wrestlers, Miles returns to her hometown in this darkly comic adaptation of well-known Norse myths featuring a cast of classically trained professional wrestlers.

Professional wrestler Maddison Miles returns to her hometown of Halifax in Mythos: Ragnarök, a darkly comic adaptation of well-known Norse myths featuring a cast of classically trained professional wrestlers.

Twice ranked as one of the world’s top hundred female wrestlers, Miles joined the cast of Mythos: Ragnarök in 2021 after moving to England. Originating the role of Freyja, Miles has performed in all but six of the play’s one hundred and twenty-five performances.

“My partner, Charlie, who wrestles as Charlie Winston, is six-foot-nine, so Ed called looking for a literal giant to be part of the show,” says Miles. “It was only when we got talking that he said he thought he might have this part for me. The rest was history.”

Blending action, swordplay, and storytelling Mythos: Ragnarök tells the story of Odin and Loki as they struggle to overcome insurmountable odds, including primeval giants, rival gods and goddesses and each other’s conflicting ambitions.

Speaking about bringing Mythos to The Maritimes, Miles says it was only a matter of time before it reached this side of the Atlantic. “Since I started posting pictures of performances online, people have been saying they wanted to see this. Now, I get to bring it home and share it with my community. That means a lot to me,” she says.

Playing to sold-out audiences across the United Kingdom and Australia, the show’s creator, director, and lead actor, Ed Gamester, says the response to the show has blown him away. “I knew this was a form of theatre that needed to be created and shared, but I didn’t expect people to fall in love with it like they have,” he says. “Canadian audiences are going to really love the show, and most of all, we’re excited for audiences to have the chance to reconnect with Maddison.”

Mythos: Ragnarök plays at the Bella Rose Arts Centre (283 Thomas Raddall Dr, Halifax) on July 5. Tickets for the Halifax show can be found online at eventbrite.ca.

The show will then move on to Sydney, NS (July 6), Summerside, PEI (July 9), Fredericton, NB (July 12) and Riverview, NB (July 13).

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