Adapted by Ben Hales for Splendid Productions, UK.
Presented by Piece of Work Productions (Whakatū Nelson)
Piece of Work Productions takes you to a dark place with a brand new adaptation of Medea by Euripides by the UK’s Splendid Productions.
In Ancient Greece, the name of the monstrous murdering mother Medea was well-known. The story of Medea, the mysterious sorcerer-princess who helped Jason steal the famous Golden Fleece from her father, is a mythical romance with a terrible, terrible ending.
This creative new adaptation puts the audience at the heart of the performance, as a kindly chorus of grandmothers presents a timeless tale of passion, betrayal and revenge. While history paints Medea as a pitiless monster, we wonder if the truth can be so black and white.
What does it take to drive a woman to murder her own children? Is there a small human story inside the mighty myth? And whose version of history should we believe?
In a series of inventive Brechtian episodes, Splendid’s powerful cast of three show how an ancient story can resonate through time, and how the simplest of theatrical ideas can have a devastating impact.
From the company that brough you Metamorphosis and Woyzeck at the 2023 Fringe, receiving five nominations, and three Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Local and Development, as well as the Spirit of the Fringe – whew – how impressive is that?
Like last year’s shows, The Trial was created by the UK’s Splendid Productions. Splendid takes old stories and spins them into new thought-prodding, theatrical, political, anti 4th wall, heart-exposing versions. The aim is to raise questions, highlight contradictions in the characters, the story, society and aim to provoke debate.
Check out Piece of Work Productions other performance at Fringe – Kafka’s The Trial (Refinery ArtSpace on Thurs 14, Sat 16 & Mon 18 March at 7:35pm).
Warnings Audience interaction
From the team who presented Metamorphosis and Woyzeck at the 2023 Fringe, receiving five nominations, and three Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Local and Development, as well as the Spirit of the Fringe
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