Medea: Fringe Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Euripides’ tragic tale of betrayal and alienation is expertly given a modern edge in this production from Fraser Cannon. An adapted script from Stella Duffy sees much of the language transformed to give more of a contemporary feel, whilst still retaining the essence of the original Greek story. Nadira Janikova in her portrayal of Medea manages to brilliantly capture the agony of being ostracised and abandoned for another woman, and her subsequent thirst for revenge that follows, in a performance that is truly absorbing. With a well presented chorus that uses music to help capture the burning torment of the “barbarian”, this is a production that is well worth watching, regardless of one’s interest (or not) in Greek tragedy.

Assembly George Square, 3 – 29 Aug, 6.30pm (7.35pm), £10.00 – £13.00, fpp279. 

tw rating 4/5 

Taken from Three Weeks, published Thu Aug 11th 2011.

Three Weeks 2011 – Daily Edition #7, Aug 11th

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