This is the story of one of the oldest plays in the world, Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women. But it's the story of millions of refugees around the world right now.
In a new version of this 2000-year-old drama, playwright David Greig considers this ancient story in the context of the refugee crisis. Considering The Suppliant Women was first performed back at the birth of democracy, the contemporary parallels are striking. Expect an urgent and pacy update from Greig, who last impressed at the Young Vic with The Events, a gripping examination of a mass shooting.
The production is described as 'part play, part ritual'; music and movement will add to the atmosphere with choreography by Sasha Milavic Davies with composition by John Browne. The score features music from the aulos, a traditional Greco-Roman reed instrument that has not heard in the theatre for over 2000 years. And, in a modern reflection of the ancient Greek dramatic traditions, each evening the cast of actors will be joined on stage by a community chorus of Lambeth and Southwark residents.
The Suppliant Women comes to the Young Vic after premiering at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in back in October 2016 the touring to the Manchester Royal Exchange in spring 2017.
Public booking for The Suppliant Women at the Young Vic opens at 10am on Wednesday 1 February 2017.
|What||The Suppliant Women, Young Vic|
The Young Vic
66 The Cut , Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ | MAP
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
13 Nov 17 – 25 Nov 17, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£10 - £38|
|Website||Click here to book via the Young Vic|