Medea returns from history. This time, she’s telling her side of the story
The stage is set for a gig – amicrophone, a bank of speakers, and smoke hanging in the air.Afigure in an extraordinary gown emerges from the shadows. This is Medea – returned from history to tell us her version of events.
This startling, contemporary reimagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revengecasts Medea asthe ultimateoutsider,a strangerfilled with rage in a foreign land.Her monologuetransports us from ancient Greecetomodern Europe and back againin a provocative, blood-soakedcollage of performance, opera, and sexual confession.
The performer, dancer, and vocalist, François Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, and androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament, featuring live music by acclaimed composer and music producer, Phil Von. François has performed with some of Europes most innovative companies, including Lindsay Kemp, DV8, Rambert Dance Company, Punch Drunk, and Gecko. Neil Bartlett is one of the UKs most celebrated directors and authors. Formerly Artistic Director the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, his most recent work includes Stella(LIFT, Brighton Festival, Holland Festival 2016) and theBritten Canticles(Aldeburgh, Brighton, Royal Opera house, 2015).
Contains adult content, strong language, and possible nudity. Age 16+
Translated, adapted, and directed by Neil Bartlett
Costumes Mr Pearl
Music Phil Von
Lighting Chahine Yavroyan
Running time: Approximately 80 minutes, no interval
With the kind support of
The Institut français du Royaume Uni, SACD France, South East Dance, Theatre of Europe, Marlborough Theatre, And What? Queer Arts Festival, and FOLKE
Commissioned by The Place
Supported using public funding by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND
Photograph by Manuel Vason.
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