Theatre Preview: Medea @ Bristol Old Vic
by Polly Hember
The poetic Greek tragedy by Euripides and a contemporary interrogation of female injustice collide in Bristol Old Vic’s brand new version of Medea. Written by Chino Odima and performed by an all-female cast, this modern retelling reclaims the Medea ‘monster’ and uses it to expose current-day marginalisation and oppression.
The modern retelling follows the tale of single mother Maddy, which is cleverly woven into a rich narrative that bridges thousands of years, mirroring the ancient Medea myth of love, injustice and revenge. Maddy and Medea struggle to find the power to reclaim their female voices, their strength and destinies against the opposition they face in both the ancient world and the modern.
With a strong cast set to play the challenging, politically and culturally significant roles they also will create a chorus that marries the old and new worlds and tales together in the story, drawing from inspiration from their personal musical influences which include gospel, soul and jazz which are melded with ancient music, percussion and visceral dance.
This retelling attempts to reclaim the myth of Medea, the archetypal ‘nasty woman’, as a powerful female force and true inspiration.
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Where Bristol Old Vic
When 5th – 27th May
Times 7.30pm, 2.30pm on Saturday Matinees
Translation by Robin Robertson
Writer/Modern Adaptation by Chino Odimba
Director George Mann
Designer Shizuka Hariu
Composer and Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Lighting Designer Katherine Williams
Cast (from left to right) Michelle Fox, Akiya Henry, Eleanor Jackson, Kezrena James, Stephanie Levi-John, Jessica Temple
Image Michael Cranston
Photography Mark Douet
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