MEDEA by Euripides

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Performance

The tale of Medea is dark and potent like a witches brew. It is so epically tragic that without seeing the text brought to life by performers, it is difficult to imagine it as a plausible reality. Our production uses an elegant minimalistic design as a meeting point between the world of the Greeks and our own.  This ensures that nothing distracts from the story of a woman’s rage when facing a world of misogyny and a battle that is fought at the cost of our innocence.

Workshop

The performance we offer is obviously a feminist reading of both the character of Medea and the play. In the workshop key scenes are used to explore a range of other readings including ones that depict Medea or the folly of human emotion as the cause of the tragedy. Additionally, we investigate how the role of the chorus might be variously interpreted. 

Of all creatures that have life and will, we women are the most wretched

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Short performance only $13 (minimum total fee $1300)
Short performance + workshop $16
(minimum total fee $1600)

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MACBETH by William Shakespeare

Performance

When an evil person gets what’s coming to them there is no tragedy. In production focuses on the humanity and normality of having desires and ambitions and naively taking a wrong step only to find ourselves embroiled in consequences beyond our worst imagining. We focus on the journey of a loving couple, who want the other to achieve their desires, but ultimately destroy everything they care about, themselves, and each other. 

Workshop

Students are guided to critique the performance, ask questions and delve deeper into interperative practice by looking at the couple’s relationship and other monologues as time permits. For example, the scene between Macbeth and “His Wife” before Duncan is murdered is used to explore readings involving gender, manipulation and power. The “unsex me here” monologue continues the discourse about gender and frailty as well as introducing the role of the supernatural. And last but not least, using the “two truths are told” monologue we ask students to look at ambition and desires from a practical, contemporary, point of view.  

“Let not light see my black and deep desires”

Prices

Short performance only $9 (minimum total fee $900)
Short performance + workshop $11 (minimum total fee $1100)

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ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare

Performance

“I saw Shakespeare, it wasn’t hard and dont tell anyone but I may have even liked it.” This is the sort of thing we want to hear when students see this show. The dramatic style of this performance mirrors the narrative, creating an exciting ride for our young audiences. Initially they are drawn into reckless abandon, in a world of period costumes, playful sword fights and comedic characters, as Romeo and Juliet fall in love only to have the joy and frivolity fade as the tragedy sets in and we all fall together.

Workshop

Students are guided to ask questions and talk about the performance; what they understood, what they liked or didn’t. We often hear the comment that Romeo and Juliet is a play about two dumb teenagers and lust. We explore this idea so students see how what seems to be an off-hand comment could form the basis of a valid reading. Then we challenge this idea by looking at different portrayals of the main characters that might make the love-at-first-sight narrative more appealing. Where time and the level of the group permits we also look at how creative choices can be used to explore essay prompts such as “Who is to blame?” and “Is love or hate the more powerful force?”

“O teach me how I should forget to think”

Prices

Short performance only $9 (minimum total fee $900)
Short performance + workshop $11 (minimum total fee $1100)

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