ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Medea’s Children (Lung Ha’s Theatre Company and Unga Klara)

By | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2011

Telling the Medea myth through the perspective of her children is a powerful approach; recast as a tale of divorce, the tragedy takes on a different tone. The first part of the play – brimming with energy – begins strongly, but is let down by the latter act which drags and concludes rather abruptly. Perhaps most poignant and powerful is the prologue, a fast paced exposition which is deftly handled through song and a tight montage. Unfortunately, this competence of myth relation does not continue throughout: later references to the myth are thoughtlessly employed, in what seems a clumsy attempt to tangentially crowbar in references to the source text. That said, there is much else to enjoy from this creative adaptation.

St George’s West, 13 – 29 Aug (not 16, 17, 23, 24), 10.30am (11.30am), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp279.
tw rating 3/5