All-female cast to fight injustice in stage show of Medea

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 April 2017

George Mann, the director, and Akiya Henry (who plays Medea and Maddy), will perform in Medea at Bristol Old Vic. Picture: Mark Douet

George Mann, the director, and Akiya Henry (who plays Medea and Maddy), will perform in Medea at Bristol Old Vic. Picture: Mark Douet

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Two women from different millenniums are brought together in a show which will be performed by an all-female cast in Bristol.

A poetic Greek tragedy by Euripides will be combined with a contemporary story of female injustice, written by Chino Odimba, in Bristol Old Vic’s production of Medea.

The tale of single mother Maddy will be entwined with Euripides’ centries-old tragedy, Medea.

In the play, two women who exist thousands of years apart are both seeking retribution against injustice at the hands of the men they loved.

Maddy fights to keep her children and her house after her 18-year marriage comes to an end.

Medea, who sacrificed everything, is left with nothing at the hands of her husband Jason, and is thirsty for revenge.

Maddy seeks inspiration from the Medea myth as she learns to regain her voice.

Akiya Henry will take on the roles of Maddy and Medea while Michelle Fox, Eleanor Jackson, and Kezrena James will also star in the show.

George Mann will also make his grand debut as the sole director in the production after years of service as an artistic director.

Medea will be at the Bristol Old Vic, in King Street, from May 5-27.

Shows will start at 7.30pm each night except on May 10, when it will begin at 7pm. There will also be shows at 2.30pm every Saturday.

Tickets, priced £9.50-30, are available from 01179 877877 or online via www.bristololdvic.org.uk


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