National Theatre of Scotland brings Liz Lochhead's acclaimed adaptation of the classical Greek tragedy to Edinburgh.
Liz Lochhead’s gripping retelling of Euripides’s ancient drama takes up residence in the International Festival’s home, The Hub.
This new production from the National Theatre of Scotland is rich with Liz Lochhead’s poetic, Scots-inflected language. Michael Boyd directs a Scottish company with award-winning actor Adura Onashile in the title role.
Medea has betrayed her family for the man she loves, taken brutal revenge on his enemies, married him, and fled with him to Corinth. Her husband Jason now abandons her to marry the King’s daughter, leaving Medea and their children dangerously exposed in a foreign land. Her terrifying response will shatter the most fundamental taboo.
Lochhead’s Medea is an unflinching interrogation of the human heart under intolerable pressure. First staged in Glasgow in 2000 to huge acclaim, it went on to tour internationally.
Former Makar, or National Poet of Scotland, Lochhead was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2015. Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd was the first full-time Artistic Director of Glasgow’s Tron Theatre and Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company for ten years. Glasgow-based actor, writer and director Adura Onashile brings a visceral intensity to her portrayal of Medea.
A touch tour for this production is available before the 8pm performance on 24 August.
Medea will be staged with some of the action taking place amongst a standing audience. If you would prefer not to stand for the duration of the show, there are seating options available in the gallery, which can be booked online.
National Theatre of Scotland
Liz Lochhead Writer
Michael Boyd Director
Jaïrus Obayomi Assistant Director
Tom Piper Set & Costume Designer
Colin Grenfell Lighting Designer
Janice Parker Movement Director
James Jones Composer & Musical Director
Jean Sangster Voice Director
Josh Robins Sound Designer
Laura Donnelly Casting Director
Vanessa Coffey Intimacy Coordinator
Janet Lawon Fight Director
Adura Onashile Medea
Robert Jack Jason
Stephen McCole Kreon
Alana Jackson Glauke
Anne Lacey Nurse
Adam Robertson Manservant