"One day the story will change." - Medea
The first show produced by Ghost Light Theatre Ltd.
Heroine. Wife. Murderer. Mother. Enter the tormented mind of Medea and decide if she is truly a Barbarian or merely just a human. Laura Irish leads the audience on a twisted path of passion, honesty and violence - dissecting literature’s most despised woman while challenging mankind’s love affair with slighting the very people who give us life.
This one-woman interactive adaptation of Euripides' tragic Medea weaves together the actor's personal story of motherhood with the ancient Greek text. It is an exploration of the universal plights and expectations of womanhood that we still face today and cheekily asks the bold question of society, "so... what's changed and what still needs to change?"
Medea, warrior Barbarian princess, falls in love with the famous Jason after saving his life and assisting him in acquiring the Golden Fleece. She is swept away to an unaccepting new world far from home to start a family with the man she loves. After their passionate union, Jason coldly fades from her and announces his engagement to a new younger woman. He turns his back on Medea and their children as they are exiled to accommodate his pending marriage. The Barbarian and the Betrayer face off in a destructive battle of pride, passion and revenge culminating in the unspeakable.
Written and performed by Laura Irish
Directed by Vanessa Wells
The Nelson season falls directly after performances at the Dunedin Fringe and in Christchurch.
Laura Irish is an award-winning actress, improviser and playwright with a penchant for investigating villains. She is a classically trained actress, having studied Stanislavski and Shakespeare in NYC at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. She is the Artistic Director of the Nelson Fringe Festival and Director of Ghost Light Theatre in Nelson. Classical plays are her passion with her most notable roles being Bonnie Parker (Hot Chocolate and the Trail's End, A Story of Bonnie & Clyde), Lady Macbeth (Adelaide Fringe), Emilia (Othello), Robin Goodfellow - A Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Viola (Twelfth Night).
MEDEA will also feature as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival on March 8, 9, 10 at the New Athenaeum Theatre in Dunedin
At Orange Studios, Christchurch, on March 12 and 13.