THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN

ABOUT THE PLAY

"IF WE HELP, WE INVITE TROUBLE.
IF WE DON'T, WE BRING SHAME."

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece. 

Written 2,500 years ago, one of the world’s oldest plays speaks to us through the ages with startling resonance for our troubled times. 

Featuring a chorus of local women from the community of each performance venue, this is part play, part ritual. The production unearths an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious ideas of humanity: who are we, where do we belong - and if all goes wrong - who will take us in?

CREATIVE TEAM

Adaptation: David Greig

Direction: Ramin Gray

Music: John Browne 

Choreography: Sasha Milavic Davies

Vocal Direction: Mary King

Design: Lizzie Clachan

Light: Charles Balfour

PAST PRODUCTIONS

 Previous venues have included: Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Belfast, Northern Stage Newcastle, Dublin Theatre Festival, Royal Exchange Manchester, Young Vic London, Hong Kong Festival of Arts and Gulbenkian Arts Centre Canterbury. There have been licensed versions in Istanbul, Copenhagen, Malmö and Aalborg.

 ★★★★★ 

"AN EPIC FEMINIST PROTEST SONG"

"ASTONISHING ... BRILLIANT"

The Guardian