Written by Kate Mulvany & Anne-Louise Sarks
Original Concept by Anne-Louise Sarks after Euripides
This is MEDEA...but not as we know it.
Locked in their bedroom, two brothers play games to pass the time. They fight, they laugh, they jump up and down, they play dead…all under the watchful gaze of goldfish Cornelius, Hercules the teddy bear and a ceiling covered in glow-in-the-dark stars.
Downstairs, their parents – Medea and Jason – are embroiled in a bitter feud. As the shouting gets louder, the small confines of their bedroom will no longer be able to protect the boys from the violence of the outside world. At some point in the next hour, their iconic fate, at the hands of their mother, will ensure that they enter mythology as two of the most tragic siblings of all time.
Told entirely from the perspective of Medea’s young sons, this internationally celebrated work by acclaimed Australian theatre-makers Anne-Louise Sarks (Enemy of the People, Blasted) and Kate Mulvany (Jasper Jones, The Harp In The South), comes to Brisbane after sell-out seasons in Sydney, London and Europe, in a searing and unforgettable production from MYTHS MADE HERE, led by award-winning director Daniel Evans (Cinderella, I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You).
The team behind the break-out hit Cinderella breathes life into a radical re-imagining of Medea that takes a smart, sharp and bittersweet look at the fine line that divides a regular life and all-out tragedy.
Performances on 6 and 7 May will be followed by a post-show Q&A.
“Powerfully and achingly moving.” The Australian
“Cast aside all your preconceptions of what tragedy is in the theatre.” Sydney Morning Herald
“Turns Euripides’ classic tale on its head.” What’s Onstage
“Deeply affecting and profoundly disquieting.” Daily Telegraph
“A radical update … that genuinely makes us see an old play through new eyes.” The Guardian
Recommended for grades 9+.
This production contains a few instances of low-level coarse language and demonstration of creative child-based play involving guns and swords.
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