The Styx - a film opera

text by Katie Byford

funded by Arts Council England 

partnered with The Medussa Collective, The Writing Squad, PTSD UK

Athanasia is currently co-producing a 15-minute film opera/ musical artist film with award-winning poet/filmmaker Katie Byford (

Katie's specially commissioned text, follows a woman in her therapist's office, underoing EMDR therapy to overcome PTSD from sexual assault. The therapy induces a dream state, and the patient receives imagined spiritual guidance from ancient Greek Goddess Persephone, herself a survivor of sexual violence.

The music will be scored for female voice, violoncello and clarinet. Helene Mathiesen will sing and act in the film, which will be directed by Katie, and co-directed by Athanasia. 

Helene will also co-produce the film as part of the Medusa Collective ( 

The Styx has secured an Arts Council England grant, which will go towards developing the script and writing and recording the film’s score.

The Styx owes a deep debt of gratitude to its co-partners, The Writing Squad Official, Medusa Collective, and PTSD UK.

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