“A triumph of emotional conviction..lending
great authenticity is the haunting chorus which sings its spine chilling
links in ancient Greek..this is a piece of minimalist theatre at its very
Brutal. Fierce. Passionate. Extreme.
Medea, the mother of all revenge tragedies ...
After betraying her father to help her one great passion Jason in his
quest for the Golden Fleece, Medea leaves her homeland to be with him.
Living with Jason as a refugee whilst he glories in a hero's status, this
proud granddaughter of the Sun god bears her lover two children.
The story of Euripides’ Medea begins with Medea’s
outrage on discovering that Jason is to marry the daughter of the King.
He believes his decision is for the good of the family, but such pragmatism
only serves to intensify her rage.
Having publicly cursed the royal family, Medea faces
banishment, leaving her just one day to wreak bloody retribution. Her
shocking revenge shakes the man and the society that rejected her, culminating
in the brutal murder of innocents.
The powerful hold the Medea myth has exerted on our
imaginations for nearly three millennia is reinforced by this incendiary,
new interpretation. Riveting text, startling visuals, sharp choreography
and an original music score all confirm Company:Collisions' commitment
to vivid story telling in this arresting new production.
Points of Interest
- Work on Medea began in 2002 when Company:Collisions' artistic director
Tanushka Marah received one of the Jerwood Young Director Awards at
The Young Vic.
- She was given the opportunity to work on this classic text for five
weeks with financial, managerial and artistic support of the Young Vic
and Jerwood Foundation. She also received extensive advice from mentor
Polly Teale (Shared Experience).
- The cast features multi-talented artists who are also present or past
artistic directors of their own theatre companies. They are Denise Evans
(Medea), formerly Fusion Theatre Company, Kaboodle Productions -actor
manager; Duncan Foster (Jason, Creon, Aegeus), writer/ director of “I
Will” and a strong female chorus including Luan Blake (Ragroof
Theatre), Gina Kawecka (Hussle & Bustle ), Tanushka Marah (Company:Collisions)
and Claire Raffertry (Periplumtree).
- The production features stark simple staging, while the rehearsal
period included extensive physical work influenced by Kantor and Buto
to enhance the emotional intensity of the performance.
- The audience are wtness to all the scenes which are classically written
to occur off stage like the death of the bride and Medea killing her
- Funded by Arts Council England, Brighton and Hove Council and SETA.
- Original recorded music is composed by Jules Deering for all the company’s
work to date and previous winner of the Stockhausen award for music.
“Demanding our unflinching gaze, this beautifully
crafted contemporary piece managed to bring the pain of human suffering
disturbingly to life.” The Argus
“Bravery..vision...a dynamic performance..infused
with a terrific throbbing rhythmic undercurrent..Denise Evans as Medea
turned in an exhilarating performance, her sheer commitment to the role
lifted the production onto a higher emotional plain.”