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?
Adaptation: David Greig
Direction: Ramin Gray
Music: John Browne
Choreography: Sasha Milavic Davies
Vocal Direction: Mary King
Design: Lizzie Clachan
Light: Charles Balfour
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"