After a lengthy devising process that commenced in October 2010, this January Kaiden performed as the deliciously tyrannical Drag Queen Aphrodite in an exciting reinvention of a Euripidean classic entitled Hippolytus: Re-Framed.
The production, directed by, Bath Spa University lecturer and Artistic Director of Moving Stories Theatre Company, Emma Gersch, was devised by the third year students of Bath Spa University’s Performing Arts (Theatre Acting) undergraduate programme. Hippolytus: Re-Framed saw Euripides’ Ancient Greek tragedy brought into a heightened present concentrating on the two conflicting ideologies presented by the Greek Goddesses Aphrodite and Artemis. In this bold promenade production, the Goddess Aphrodite (portrayed by Kaiden DuBois) was depicted as an egomaniacal Drag Queen, leader of a raucous nightclub promoting lust, passion and desire, while the Goddess Artemis (portrayed by Gerry Fitzpatrick) was shown to be a peace-loving cult leader and Guru valuing purity, respect and the natural cycle of the world.
In his role Kaiden fused the outrageous and confident bravado of Drag culture with the vengeful and temperamental presence of the Goddess in which the role was rooted, resulting in a memorable performance. As part of the development of this project Kaiden also headed a team of writers in charge of devising text for sequences set within Aphrodite’s nightclub. He wrote large portions of the stylised, verse-based dialogue for Aphrodite and her followers himself and describes the experience as being ‘incredibly rewarding’.