Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781783193035
Binding: PaperBack

Medea: a radical new version from the perspective of the children

Kate Mulvany

PaperBack (02 Nov 2015)

Two boys are playing a game.
They fight, they laugh, they jump up and down, they play dead.
Downstairs, their parents – Medea and Jason – are arguing. As the shouting gets louder, their bedroom will no longer be able to protect them from the violence of the outside world. Their iconic fate, at the hands of their mother, will ensure that they enter mythology as two of the most tragic siblings of all time.
Medea is presented in association with Belvoir, Sydney and directed by Anne-Louise Sarks whose original production of the play was highly critically acclaimed. The production turns Euripides’ classic tale on its head – presenting the tragedy from the children’s perspective.
Medea was awarded five 2013 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Direction, Best Mainstage Production and Best New Australian Work.  It was also awarded a prestigious Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Stage Play and nominated for four 2013 Helpmann Awards including Best Direction, Best New Australian Work and Best Play.

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ISBN13 9781783193035
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 88


'This adaptation is at once modern and classical... Gloriously fresh, and wise far beyond its years.' Financial Times

' The play is set in the bedroom of two young boys, the carpet littered with toys, the walls sprayed with glow-in-the-dark stars... It’s a very familiar, very recognisably domestic space, and their behaviour too is very recognisable; the boys spar, they play-fight and play-dead, they threaten each other with farts, their relationship simultaneously combative, gentle and tender, as brothers often are with one another... In many ways it’s the inverse of Cusk’s Medea; it has an appealing lightness and life to it...This could have been a harrowing piece of theatre but instead it’s softer and quieter, like a lullaby... A gentle and beautifully observed study of the children caught in the middle of a tragedy.' The Stage