Medea is one of world literature's greatest dramas and this stunning performance by the Actors of Dionysus brings alive Euripides' timeless tragedy. Deserted by Jason, whose life she saved at a great cost to herself and others, and forced into exile by the father of her rival in love, Medea plots a barbaric revenge. The consequences wrought by her destructive actions, and by those who underestimate her bewitching power, are barrowing. Using David Stuttard's new translation the Actors of Dionysus aim to present the essence of the dramas in a way that is accessible without sacrificing the poetry and the grandeur of the original Greek, revealing them as timeless parables for a modern age.
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Anthony Podlecki is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Educated at Holy Cross College, Oxford University and the University of Toronto, he taught at Northwestern University and Pennsylvania State University before joining the staff of the University of British Columbia in 1975. He has translated various Greek tragedies and has written several books on Athenian history.About the Author:
Mike Barlett's debut play, My Child (2007), saw him hailed by The Stage as 'one of the most exciting new talents to emerge in recent times'. In 2009, Cock won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, while Contractions was nominated for the TMA Best New Play award. Bartlett was Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Royal Court in 2007, and is currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. Euripides (484-406 BC) was a Greek dramatist. The last major tragic playwright of the classical world, he has also been called "the first modern".
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