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Penthesilea (Playedes Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2013

Gripping theatre that explores passion, gender roles and power play. Captivating their audience instantly, these superb actors revived an old tragedy by Heinrich von Kleist. Its dark and edgy plot is set in a place where men and women are at war. The Amazonian Queen falls in love with Achilles but fights to not succumb to a man and lose her power. Minimal props and staging allow the seamless acting to speak for itself, and despite the dense language, the story is clear. I felt myself leaning closer towards the characters faces, as they drew me in with their well timed humour, percussive rhythms and moments of shock. I’d urge anyone to go discover this thought provoking classic for themselves.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 25 Aug, 9.00pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Eleanor Lang]