Remember studying Greek plays at school? All those choruses. All those different Gods of Olympus. All that catharsis. Thank god (you can pick which one) for theatre company Actors of Dionysus, who have always sought to ‘put the flesh on the bones of ancient greek drama’.
For 20 years, David Stuttard’s company have been bringing millennia-old plays to life. Their new version of Medea certainly does that, using aerial routines and circus skills to tell Euripedes’ tale of murderous sexual jealousy and a poisoned dress. Who said Hellenistic can’t be hedonistic too, eh? EH? Medea’s at the Rose Theatre Kingston next week, Tuesday to Friday, for four performances only. And, if you do like your Greek tragedy with a sprinkling of academia, each performance will be preceded at 6.30 by a talk by a leading classicist.
Medea is showing at the Rose Theatre Kingston, November 12-15.