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by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks, after Euripides; original concept by Anne-Louise Sarks
Two young children on a stage play games to distract themselves. Off-stage and unheard their parents are having a very famous showdown. At some inevitable moment in the next hour the children will be drawn away from their games and into their parents’ bitter argument. From there they will enter mythology as the most tragic siblings of all time.
Made especially for the Downstairs Theatre, Anne-Louise Sarks’ refocusing of Medea is an examination of the collateral damage of one of history’s most famous family breakdowns. It is to Euripides’ Medea what Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is to Hamlet: a behind-the-scenes look at the lives that minor characters live before the plot takes over.
This bold new production is proudly supported by Australian Theatre for Young People and features two extraordinary young actors.
Season: 11 October-25 November
Cast aside all your preconceptions of what tragedy is in the theatre. This is something new.
Blazey Best’s performance is red hot.
One of the best productions of 2012.
Powerfully and achingly moving.
Deeply affecting and profoundly disquieting… Medea will linger after the final blow.
Chris Hook | The Daily Telegraph