|A Mancunian Medea|
Mancunian Medea at Contact
Date: 7 July 2009
Simultaneously stirring and shocking the tragic tale of Medea has enthralled and entertained audiences for over 2000 years. Now, director Rachel Brogan gives Liz Lochhead’s poetic translation of Medea a modern-day Mancunian makeover. A Live & Direct showcase, Medea appears at Contact from tomorrow (8th July) until Saturday (11th July).
Anchored in the same themes of love, pain and hatred the action has been transported from the ancient streets of Corinth to a south Manchester council estate. Medea, now an ordinary woman struggling to bring up her children, has just discovered Jason, her lover, has left her for another woman. Tortured by her seething passion, isolated by her position and crushed by the betrayal Medea rages against her fate… before plotting the ultimate, unthinkable revenge.
Medea is a co-production between Contact and Passion Productions. Brogan is a recent recipient of the prestigious Clore Northwest Fellowship for 2009 and 2010. Currently trainee-director at Contact on the Live & Direct programme Rachael is also a producer and co-artistic director of the MEN-award-winning Working Girls theatre company. As an actor Brogan has worked extensively in theatre including at The Royal Court, The Royal Exchange and Contact. She also has numerous television and radio credits and is an experienced workshop facilitator.
- by Glenn Meads
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