<I thought everyone would be familiar with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and so would know the plot and be able to enjoy the nuances of my interpretation. I was really quite taken aback to be asked 'who is that woman in the short dress then?'.../>
Orpheus married the beautiful nymph Eurydice. But on their wedding day she was bitten by a poisonous snake and died. Destraught and desperate to be reunited with his beloved Eurydice, Orpheus journeyed to the Underworld to beg the Hades and Persephone, the King and Queen to return her to him. As he sang his plea and played his lyre, even the cold spirits of the Underworld wept. The King and Queen agreed to let Eurydice return to the world of the living on one condition; Orpheus must not look back at Eurydice until they were both completely out of the Underworld or she would be lost to him once more. Silently they made the arduous, dark climb. But at the opening to the overworld, Orpheus, in his love for Eurydice, turned and looked at her. She slipped back into the darkness.