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Medea

2nd Feb – 17th April 2010
MEDEA
Euripides’
MEDEA
Featuring one of the most powerful female roles in the history of drama, Medea is an intense story
fuelled by passion, hatred and calculating rage. Heroic yet deadly, sympathetic yet appalling Medea’s barbaric actions will stir your emotions as you find yourself irresistibly drawn into the nightmare world of this spectacularly vengeful woman.
The vitality, directness and energy from this charismatic cast of actors will ignite the dramatic voltage of Tom Paulin’s gripping new version.
Director – Barrie Rutter
Designer – Emma Wee
Musical Director – Barbara Hockaday
Lighting Designer – Julie Washington
Cast
Nina Kristofferson – Medea
Andrew Pollard – Jason
Cleo Sylvestre – Nurse
Michelle Hardwick – Chorus
Barbara Hockaday – Chorus
Heather Phoenix – Chorus
Fine Time Fontayne – Tutor/Ageus
Barrie Rutter – Creon
Medea tour dates
Oxford Playhouse
Tue 2 – Sat 6 February01865 305305
Belgrade Theatre Coventry, B2
Tue 9 – Sat 13 February
024 7655 3055
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Tue 16 – Sat 20 February
01748 825 252
Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
Tue 23 – Sat 27 February
0151 709 4776
Viaduct Theatre, Halifax
Wed 3 – Sat 6 March
01422 255 266
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Tue 9 – Sat 13 March
0141 429 0022
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Tue 16 – Sat 20 March
01723 370541
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme
Tue 23 – Sat 27 March
01782 717 962
The Lowry, Salford
Tue 13 – Sat 17 April0843 208 6010
Group Bookings: 0843 208 6003
“Tom Paulin’s vernacular but poetic translation, offers the clearest, most-direct telling of the story I have seen”
British Theatre Guide
“I must praise not only the language chosen by Tom Paulin, but the incredible talents of Northern Broadsides in delivering this modern feel…….Nina Kristofferson’s performance is superb, capturing the manic episode into which Medea spirals with a wicked glint in her eye and knowing curve of her lip. Quite simply, an utterly fantastic piece of theatre. Go and see it while you have the chance.”
Clickliverpool.com
“While the important characters systematically ruin the world, the humble Chorus fruitlessly urges them to moderation. Their interventions are presented imaginatively and supported by excellent musical underpinning, performed by themselves.Such versatility is typical of Northern Broadsides. Director Barrie Rutter provides a strong account of the play and the action is swept along with high intensity.”
Halifax Courier
“Northern Broadsides’ new version is by the poet/critic Tom Paulin and, as you might expect, it has some politically pointed moments. Describing Medea’s status in Corinth, it hits upon the word “immigrant”, rather than exile, and the production makes good on this claim. Nina Kristofferson’s Medea and Cleo Sylvestre’s nicely chatty, scandalised nurse are the only black actors in a cast that is otherwise broad Yorkshire in complexion. Paulin’s language is capable of taking bitter lyrical flight, as when the wounded, dangerous atmosphere generated by Medea is evoked with the phrase: “the air around her hurts”. And this is a production which musically invokes the blues as the voice of internal exile. Youthful and engagingly direct, even (or perhaps especially) when she is being (too) transparent in her deadly scheming, Kristofferson makes a forceful but unduly fresh impression.”
The Independent

“Tom Paulin’s swingeing Irish version of Medea for Barrie Rutter’s Northern Broadsides makes her a woman who sings the blues. Literally. The Chorus, whittled down to three women (Graces or Witches?), are plain speakers but they are also a music: they sometimes sing their advice and sometimes take up saxophone or drums to provide a keening commentary. The Blues suit this tragedy: they turn lament into a weapon.”

The Observer
“Northern Broadsides specialises in direct, uncluttered productions of classical and Shakespearean drama. This new version of Medea, scripted by one of the UK’s most prominent poets, certainly lives up to the company’s manifesto – it is considerably more accessible than much Greek tragedy.”
The Stage
“…an all round vibrant display from the cast, which under the skilled direction of , offers an outstanding performance that holds the audience captive to the last.”
Whatsonstage.com
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