Translation of Aeschylus’ Trilogy of Plays by Ted Hughes
Directed by Anastasia Revi
Riverside Studios, London
29 February – 24 March, 2012
Sacrifice. War. Victory. Troy has fallen.
Agamemnon returns, a hero with his trophy – Cassandra, a Trojan priestess. Crimes weigh heavily on him: the sacrifice of Iphigenia, his daughter, and the cannibalistic crime of his father, Atreus, who fed his brother Theystes his own sons in order to secure the throne. A sumptuous welcome awaits Agamemnon. A trap. The curse of the House of Atreus is raging: bloody and savage.
Athene/Chorus- Helen Bang
Watchman/Chorus – Joe Robert Buckingham
Orestes – Tobias Deacon
Agamemnon – Ryan Hurst
Chorus – Denise Moreno
Electra – Laura Morgan
Cassandra/Chorus – Kitty Paitazoglou
Clytemnestra – Claire Porter
Apollo/Chorus – George Siena
Chorus – Dimitra Tzanidaki – Kreps
Aegisthus – Matthew Wade
Herald/Chorus/Priest -Adam Youssefbeygi
Creative and Production Team
Directed by Anastasia Revi
Production and Costume Design by Maria Konomis
Composer/Original Music by Daemonia Nymphe
Lighting Design by Yiannis Katsaris
Production by Martina Reynolds
Set Construction by ck2
Assistant Costume Designer Joanna Beart-Albrecht
Graphic Design by Katerina Kres
Set Design Assistant Emily Beart-Albrecht
Assistant Costume Makers Una Brown and Kirsty Bell
Set and Costumes Assistant Katrina Felice
Anastasia Revi’s intelligent production of Aeschylus’ trilogy, translated by Ted Hughes, is fascinating and powerful. … It’s no wonder this ensemble is called the Theatre Lab Company as each scene is performed with a visceral physical quality that can only be a result of intense experimentation in the rehearsal room. The pictures created onstage and the relentless repetitive nature of movements and lines are stunning, creepy and terrifying. …The whole production is full of layers weaving into one another, creating a rich and deeply powerful performance that leaves one undeniably mesmerized.
ONE STOP ARTS *****
An engaging production of a Greek classic with some great imagery and stylization. Revi deserves a huge round of applause for her creative and inventive, often risky staging. …An incredibly engaging interpretation of THE ORESTEIA which you should head down to Riverside to catch if you get the chance. EVERYTHING THEATRE
A tightened piece of drama without losing any essential elements of the story, which moves on at a considerable pace though still relishing the riches of the language. …The story and the performances are sensational but given a stylised theatricality, full of striking images.
BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
You’d be hard-pushed to find better Greek tragedy and it’s no surprise that the company’s previous production was commended as the best show in the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in 2011 in Cyprus. Go watch it if you have any interest in Greek theatre.
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