Greek Theatre

Two productions based around Greek plays come to Manchester at the end of this week.

Crystallise Theatre bring Medea to the Anthony Burgess Foundation on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 February.  ‘Based on the classic Greek tragedy, this modern re-telling of the story will have you on the edge of your seat. Centred on a wife’s calculated desire for revenge against her unfaithful husband, go with Medea on her murderous journey.’

Manchester School of Theatre (MMU’s acting’s programme) bring Welcome to Thebes to HOME’s studio from Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 February (also matinee on Friday).  Set in the present day but inspired by ancient [Greek] myth, Welcome to Thebes offers a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and the world’s poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war.  These are usually very high quality productions of interesting plays and are strongly recommended.

I asked David Shirley, Director of Manchester School of Theatre and Programme Leader BA (Hons) Acting:

How relevant are Greek plays to our lives today?

Greek plays invariably deal with universal themes that travel across time and generations. They speak to the modern world just as powerfully as they did to the ancient one. How do we respond to war; balance feelings of vengeance alongside the interests of justice? What happens when we allow our vanity or greed to get the better of us or if we ignore our inner voices or the moral codes that guide us? They show human behaviour at its best and its worst and in so doing provide catharsis and recognition.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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