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Tales of the Night Sky | Greek & Roman Star Myths

Original audio drama with spectacular soundscapes, based on the Greco-Roman myths behind the constellations. Written and directed by Bibi Jacob, these moving and sometimes humorous tales, brim with tragedy, injustice, and violence.

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Bonus Episode: Zagreus
In this, the final episode of Season 1, discover the surprising and shocking myth of Zagreus, the horned baby. Sensitive listeners be warned: the story contains violence and allusions to incest and rape. Adapted, narrated and directed by Bibi Jacob. 
Original music, sound and production by Geoff Chong.
 Extracts of Chloe Dunn’s music from the Persephone and Orpheus episode feature in the outro.
23:03 30/01/2022
16 Orpheus & Persephone: The Constellation of Lyra, Part 2
Persephone, Queen of the Underworld, recounts Orpheus’ extraordinary descent into her kingdom and her own shocking abduction. Written and directed by Bibi Jacob. Sound and production by Geoff Chong. Starring Chloe Dunn as Persephone and Chris Mack as Hermes. Original violin, viola and vocal compositions written and performed by Chloe Dunn.
28:50 31/10/2021
15 Hermes: The Constellation of Lyra, Part 1
No sooner is he born than Baby Hermes leaps out of his cradle and embarks on a slapstick adventure to charm his way into the Olympian pantheon. Written and directed by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound by Geoff Chong. Starring: Chris Mack as Hermes. Margeaux Lampley as Maia. Kester Lovelace as Apollo. Joseph Marshall as the farmer. And Dario Costa as Zeus. Thanks, as ever, to Jean-Paul Palmyre for his support.
25:56 24/07/2021
14 Deltoton: The Constellation of Triangulum
Hermes tries to make some order in the night sky in spite of Zeus’ meddling. Centuries later the Starlink mega-constellations disrupt everything…. Starring Chris Mack as Hermes and Dario Costa as Zeus. Written and directed by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound by Geoff Chong. A big thank you to Jean-Paul Palmyre at Studio Quali’sons, Paris.
15:28 07/06/2021
13 Via Lactea: The Milky Way
Hera, the Queen of the Gods, is having trouble with her afternoon nap. One by one the memories of her husband’s betrayals return, building a devastating portrait of a dysfunctional marriage. (This story - like so many Greek myths - contains references to assault and violence.) Starring Natasha Cashman as Hera. Featuring Dario Costa as Zeus. Written, directed and presented by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound design by Geoff Chong. Enormous thanks to Jean-Paul Palmyre at Studio Quali’sons, Paris. The Ovid quote comes from Vol. 1 of Frank Justus Miller’s translation of ‘The Metamorphoses’ published by the Loeb Classical Library.
26:40 30/04/2021
12 Equus Primus: The Constellation of Equuleus
**SPOILER ALERT** This is an unofficial constellation myth!  A strange phone call in the middle of the night leads to a conversation with a constellation.    Written, directed and presented by Bibi Jacob.  A big thank you to Mateo Oxley for his collaboration on the story.  Starring Mateo Oxley as Equuleus.   And featuring Geoff Chong.   Production and sound design by Geoff Chong.   Ian Ridpath’s Star Myths was a very helpful source.  For a list of other sources you can visit our website.
22:20 21/03/2021
11 The Constellation of Pegasus
Fly with me into this tapestry of tales, to mountains full of mythical beings. The winged horse Pegasus, the Muses, some gods, a centaur, the Chimaera, an anti-hero and a gadfly await you.   This episode was written by Morag Cross. Directed and narrated by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound design by Geoff Chong.   Starring Morag Cross as Hippe and the Gadfly. Gordon Peaston as Chiron. Dario Costa as Poseidon. And Sharon Mann as Athena.   The Ukelele was played by Morag Cross.
33:39 14/02/2021
10 Apollo’s Arrow: The Constellations of Sagitta and Ara
An eclectic episode about plagues, magical arrows, cyclops and writer’s block.   Written and presented by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound design by Geoff Chong.   Much of the information about Abaris comes from kiwihellenist.blogspot.com Thanks to Pål Martin Tvete for recommending Tim Harford’s ‘Cautionary Tales’.
16:09 18/01/2021
09 Asclepius: The Constellations of Ophiuchus and Serpens
Enter the realm of dreams with Asclepius as he has to make the most difficult decision of his life. A decision that may lead to his death. Starring David Stanley as Asclepius, Sharon Mann as Athena, Bibi Jacob as Hygeia, Morag Cross as the Attendant, Chris Mack as Theseus, Gordon Peaston as Chiron, Christina Batman as Panacea Written, directed and presented by Bibi Jacob. Production, sound design by Geoff Chong. This podcast was made possible with the support of Studio Quali’sons, Paris. A huge thank you, as ever, to Jean-Paul Palmyre. A big thanks to Morag Cross.
28:37 20/12/2020
08 Coronis: The Constellation of Corvus
Corvus, the crow, is set to watch Apollo’s lover, the Princess Coronis. But when boundaries are transgressed, the consequences are gruesome in this tale of jealousy, rage and regret.    Starring Nigel Pilkington as Corvus   Written, directed and presented by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound design by Geoff Chong
11:51 31/10/2020
Bonus episode: Creusa’s Diary
What happened to the two drops of blood Erichthonius received from Athena? This intimate and moving diary reveals all.    Starring Morag Cross as Creusa Oboe playing by Morag Cross   Written, directed and presented by Bibi Jacob Production and sound design by Geoff Chong
38:55 30/09/2020
07 Erichthonius: The Constellation of Auriga
A gold-tipped arrow, a gilded casket, a snake-tailed child and two drops of the gorgon’s blood. The goddess Athena narrates her tale of love and power.   Starring Sharon Mann as Athena With Dario Costa as Hephaestus and Homer, Morag Cross as Daughter 2 and Bibi Jacob as Erichthonius and Daughter 1   Written and directed by Bibi Jacob. Production and sound design by Geoff Chong Special thanks to Christine Hooper and to Jean-Paul Palmyre Recorded at Studio Quali’sons, Paris (Morag Cross recorded in London) Quote from Martin Hammond’s translation of Homer’s Iliad (4.17)
24:13 04/08/2020
Bonus Episode: The Complaint of Perseus
Perseus is not happy and he’s about to tell you why.   Starring Doug Rand as Perseus
09:41 22/06/2020
06 Andromeda Part 2: Constellations of the Perseus Family
How does the celebrated Ancient Greek hero, Perseus, change the course of Andromeda’s destiny and seal Medusa’s fate? And what does it really mean to be a hero?    With Sharon Mann as Athena, Chris Mack as Hermes, Hester Wilcox as Danaë, Dario Costa as King Polydectes
20:52 11/06/2020
05 Medusa: The Constellation of Perseus
At the heart of the Perseus-Andromeda myth lies the strange story of Medusa. In this in-between episode, enter Medusa’s cave, at the ends of the earth, to find out if she really was a monster.
16:23 29/04/2020
04 Andromeda Part 1: Constellations of the Perseus Family
Sit with Andromeda in the face of her oncoming death and witness her final moments.  Her parents - King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopea - are organising their daughter’s demise. Will Vanity triumph over Love? An electrifying retelling of one of the most famous Greek myths. 
17:46 18/03/2020
03 Cynosura: The Constellation of Ursa Minor
Who on earth was Ursa Minor before she became a constellation?  Find out in this light-hearted interview.  With Shelly De Vito as the talk show host and Bibi Jacob as the Little Bear. Song written and performed by Bibi Jacob Special thanks to Jean-Paul (for being a star)
20:51 02/02/2020
02 Arcas: The Constellation of Boötes
As if Callisto’s own life wasn’t tragic enough, in this episode we discover the horror that her baby son, Arcas, suffered. A tale of infanticide and cannibalism originating from the sins of the fathers.
09:32 02/12/2019
01 Callisto: The Constellation of Ursa Major
Discover the story behind one of the best known constellations: Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This is the tale of Callisto, an Arcadian princess, who follows her dreams only to find herself confronting tragedy after tragedy. Listen to Callisto recount her devastating story, her painful metamorphosis and her astonishing, final transformation. With: Emily Ingham, Elizabeth Ingham, Shelly DeVito A huge thank you to Shelly, Jean-Paul and Mitchell
12:59 02/12/2019
Introducing: Tales of the Night Sky
This trailer introduces you to our immersive audio drama podcast. Created by Bibi Jacob and Geoff Chong.
02:31 01/12/2019