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Medea Maria – Theatre Royal, York

Director/Designer: Alexander Kaniewski Composer: Helen Madden Musical Director: Robert Fisher Reviewer: Ron Simpson Medea Maria is an ambitious new work which was received enthusiastically on its single performance at the York Literature Festival, but which it is difficult to imagine having wide currency on the theatre/opera stage. Initially, the stylised gestures and poses and very slow repetitive movements, with the ...

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Medea – Bristol Old Vic

Four woman reaching towards a fifth at their centre

Writer: Euripides Translator: Robin Robertson Writer (Modern Story): Chino Odimba Director: George Mann Of the many interpretations of the classical Greek myth of Medea, only Euripides’ version has survived in full. A woman driven to extremes, delivering the ultimate act of vengeance on the man who betrayed her for another, and consequently demonised as an unnatural she-devil. George Mann, director ...

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The Trojan Women – Bristol Old Vic Studio

Writer: Euripides (adapted by Brendan Kennelly) Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Joan Phillips   Before the lights go down the sparse, grey, barren set of Bristol Old Vic Studio, already scattered with the bodies of the fallen heroes of the Trojan War, gives an immediate sense of foreboding in Sally Cookson’s The Trojan Women. The queens and daughters of the slaughtered ...

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Medea – Gate Theatre, Notting Hill

Writer: Euripides Adaptors: Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks Director: Anne-Louise Sarks Reviewer: Fergus Morgan What exactly is tragic about Greek Tragedy? In among all the violence, murder, bloodshed, and death, it is sometimes all too easy to lose sight of any genuine, heart-breaking sadness. It is not so in Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks’ Medea, which has travelled from Sydney, ...

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Medea – Almeida Theatre, London

Writer: Rachel Cusk (from Euripides) Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Head bowed, her face hidden behind her long black hair, Medea listens to taunts meant to shame and humiliate her. An all-female chorus, gossiping and brandishing their maternal badges by clutching their offspring to their breasts, casts her out from among them, like an unclean leper. Medea’s “crime” ...

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Hecuba – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: Euripides (Adapted by Marina Carr) Director: Erica Whyman Reviewer: Katy Roberts Kicking off the RSC's Autumn/Winter season in the Swan Theatre is Marina Carr's fiercely compelling reimagining of Euripides' tragedy, Hecuba. Directed by Erica Whyman, this is a production retold for a modern audience, putting Derbhle Crotty's grief-stricken Hecuba, and her struggle to hold onto her sanity in the ...

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Electra – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Euripides Translator: John Davie Director: June Abbott Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Greek tragedy can claim to be the foundation of Western theatre. In the 5th classical Hellenic world blossomed politically and militarily, a generation of dramatists rose to the challenge of depicting human experience with radical new complexity. Taking tales from mythology and history, the likes of Aeschylus, Sophocles and ...

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The Frenzy – Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Performed by Becky Wilkie, Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating: 4] You don’t expect to come across Euripides The Bacchae in the woods at a music and arts festival but actually, thinking about it, the tale of drunken frenetic debauchery is probably what you should expect at a festival. Given that the performers are RashDash, known for ...

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