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Dates

  • Gala Night Saturday 28 September 8 pm
  • Matinee Sunday 29 September 2 pm
  • Tuesday 1 October 8 pm Her Majesty’s Theatre Fundraiser
  • Wednesday 2 October to Saturday 5 October 8 pm
  • Matinee Saturday 5 October 2 pm

Bookings

Bookings: Her Majesty's Theatre Box Office business hours, or Majestix https://hermaj.com/whats-on/ballarat-national-theatre-season

Synopsis

Medea, a foreigner, who deceived her father and killed her brother to helped her husband Jason win the Golden Fleece, now finds herself betrayed by him in favour of a new union with the King’s daughter. But hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Megan J Riedl's modern interpretation of the ancient Greek classic features powerhouse performances by local actors and specially composed live music. Haunting in its brutality and how it captures the very extreme of human emotions, BNT's Medea explores the dangers a patriarchal view on strong women and the negative impact of parental conflict on children.

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2019 08 production medea director

Director Megan Riedl

Megan J Riedl is a Ballarat-based arts management professional and independent theatre producer, with a creative practice in performance poetry, playwriting and directing for the stage. With Tripwire Theatre Inc, Megan co-wrote and directed the touring comedy 'Travels with My Black Dog', wrote and directed historical drama 'Hollow' and co-wrote 'The Belly Dancer'.

She has written and directed three short plays for Bendigo Theatre Company’s annual Ten x 10 and directed 'The Sum of Us' (Creswick Theatre Company), and 'Act Like A Girl' (BNT).
Megan's poetry has been published in Baby Teeth Journal and included in local projects 'Minerva Speaks', 'Weathering the Future' and 'They Are Us'.

A regular performer at Words Out Loud Ballarat, Megan will be competing in the state finals of the 2019 Australian Poetry Slam in October.

 

 

2019 08 production medea playwright

Playright - Tom Paulin

Born in Leeds, England in 1949 but brought up in Belfast, he taught English at Nottingham University from 1972-1994.

His many books of poetry range from A State of Justice in 1977, which won the Somerset Maugham Award, to The Wind Dog in 1999, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
He also writes non-fiction and plays, including The Riot Act: A Version of Sophocles’ Antigone (1984).

 

 

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Euripides (c. 480 - 406 BC)

A tragedian of classical Athens, he is one of the few whose plays have survived, with the others being Aeschylus, Sophocles, and potentially Euphorion. Some ancient scholars attributed 95 plays to him but according to the Suda it was 92 at most. Of these, 18 or 19 have survived more or less complete (there has been debate about his authorship of Rhesus, largely on stylistic grounds) and there are also fragments, some substantial, of most of the other plays. More of his plays have survived intact than those of Aeschylus and Sophocles together, partly due to mere chance and partly because his popularity grew as theirs declined--he became, in the Hellenistic Age, a cornerstone of ancient literary education, along with Homer, Demosthenes and Menander.

Euripides is identified with theatrical innovations that have profoundly influenced drama down to modern times, especially in the representation of traditional, mythical heroes as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. This new approach led him to pioneer developments that later writers adapted to comedy, some of which are characteristic of romance. Yet he also became "the most tragic of poets", focusing on the inner lives and motives of his characters in a way previously unknown. He was "the creator of...that cage which is the theatre of Shakespeare's Othello, Racine's Phèdre, of Ibsen and Strindberg," in which "...imprisoned men and women destroy each other by the intensity of their loves and hates", and yet he was also the literary ancestor of comic dramatists as diverse as Menander and George Bernard Shaw. Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

About the Play

Medea was produced in 431 BC. It has been explored and interpreted by playwrights across the centuries. Medea and the suite of plays that it accompanied in the City Dionysia was not well received at its original performance. The play was re-discovered in 16th-century Europe, from which time it has remained the most frequently performed Greek tragedy through the 20th century. The play holds the American Tony award record for most wins for the same female lead character, with Judith Anderson winning in 1948, Zoe Caldwell in 1982, and Diana Rigg in 1994.