Medea By Euripides

Medea By Euripides

A visually stunning new production of Euripides’ thrilling tragedy, Medea, is to be staged at the Bridewell Theatre, London EC4 from 7 to 25 August 2006, directed by an emerging new artist, Mark Leipacher. The play features graduates of RADA, Central School of Speech and Drama and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as part of a project to promote new talent.

Abandoned by the husband she loves and threatened with exile, Medea simultaneously grieves for her past crimes and plots a terrifying new revenge. Engulfed in fury, she executes her devastating scheme, dispatching all of her enemies in a single hour.

This new interpretation of Medea is rooted in techniques from two great Japanese theatre traditions: the ritualistic precision of Noh and the highly stylised exaggerated gesture of Kabuki. Japanese culture respects ‘beauty in doom’, and this production revels in the inevitability of Medea’s vengeance and makes the resultant massacre an appropriately beautiful spectacle.

Mark Leipacher chose the Japanese theatre traditions after having visited and studied theatre in Japan. “The similarities between the Japanese and ancient Greek theatre traditions are striking: the use of mask and the importance of iconography create powerful, visual spectacles of human archetypes in conflict. The shared sense of drama is phenomenal.”

Part of the St Bride Foundation, the Bridewell Theatre is an intimate and atmospheric performance space, and is one of the last remaining genuine off-West End venues. It encourages a repertoire of classical and contemporary productions from amateur and professional groups alike. In supporting this independent professional production, the Bridewell has chosen to recognise Mark Leipacher for his talent in both directing and acting.

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Venue: Bridewell Theatre
Venue Address: London
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Name: Lynda Heath
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7734 5666