The saying ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ comes to mind when hearing the events that unfold in Euripides’ ancient tragedy Medea.
The story of a mother who takes the lives of her own children will be performed as part of the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama by the Hungarian theatre company Spectrum Theatre on Monday in Nicosia, and on Wednesday in Paphos.
The play deals with the final act of the passionate affair between Jason and Medea. Jason decides to leave his wife in order to marry the daughter of Creon, king of Corinth. Creon, in turn, decides to banish Medea and her two sons from Corinth – but Medea won’t stay down for long, she plots and plans on how to get her revenge.
With minimal decor, director Viola Torok focuses, through speech, on the inner world of the characters, seeking to highlight their soul. The use of music, inspired by traditional Hungarian folk songs, aims to combine the old with the contemporary, evoking the timeless values of morality, justice and Medea’s fight for revenge in a cruel, deceptive and unfair world.
Medea by Euripides
Performance of the tragedy as part of the International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama. July 16. Skali Aglantzias, Nicosia. 9pm. €5/10. With English and Greek subtitles. Tel: 70-002414
July 18. Paphos Ancient Odeon, Paphos