McCrory magnetic in an electrifying production

helen-mccrory-as-medea-89733It’s an “unthinkable” crime, yet all too fathomable in Carrie Cracknell’s electrifying production of Medea. Her modern setting for Euripides’ masterpiece is unobtrusive, allowing the discomfort that comes from viewing horror in a familiar setting to creep upon us during a riveting 90 minutes.

Assisted by Ben Power’s lucid, resonant adaptation, Cracknell builds a fascinating mental framework for Medea (Helen McCrory), who embraced exile and murder for her beloved Jason (Danny Sapani), only to be abandoned for another woman. The terrible inevitability stems not from the fates, but from the psyche of someone brutalised by conflict, shattered by betrayal and left dangerously isolated, her identity ripped from her.

Read my full Ham & High review here

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