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Medea, Written in Rage
By Jean-René Lemoine
Translated, adapted, and directed by Neil Bartlett
Music composition and sound artist: Phil Von
Costume designer: Mr. Pearl
Production manager: Jules Millard
Lighting designer: Chahine Yavroyan
With: François Testory
The story of the murderous sorceress Medea and her love for Jason was already old when ancient Greek playwright Euripides turned it into a tragedy in fifth-century Athens. She has since been reincarnated many times. Notable modern Medeas in opera and film have included Maria Callas, who not only starred in an operatic version of the legend but also in a beautiful and bloody film version made by gay Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1969; Tokusaburo Arashi, who in Yukio Ninagawa's 1984 theatre staging became a Japanese Kabuki-theatre princess, exiting at the end of the story in a spectacular flying chariot; and Nancy Kovack, the now-forgotten B-movie starlet who momentarily distracts a semi-naked Jason from his heroism in Ray Harryhausen's 1963 cult animated adventure “Jason and the Argonauts”. In all of these versions, Medea is talked about by other characters, and is roundly judged for her crimes - by men, by women, by her parents, by Jason and (of course) by the audience. In Jean-René Lemoine's new telling of the story, which was first staged in Paris in 2014, Medea appears alone. Her wardrobe and her words may draw on several of her earlier incarnations, but this time the legend is very definitely speaking for herself.
Performance presented in English, with translation into Romanian.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 16.
Special effects: haze
Producers: Lia Prentaki and Nelson Fernandez for NFA
‘Medea has been possible thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England, The Place, the Institut français of the United Kingdom, and SACD France (the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques). NFA International Arts & Culture is also grateful for the partnership support of The Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), And What? Queer Arts Festival, Folke, Theatre of Europe, and South East Dance.’

      © Manuel Vason