MEDEA – READING AND AUDITION DATES AND DETAIL ANNOUNCED

EURIPIDES ‘MEDEA’

in a version by Ben Power

Director: Craig Shelton

PERFORMANCE DATES: 22 JANUARY – 1 FEBRUARY 2025

REHEARSALS WILL COMMENCE MID/LATE NOVEMBER WITH A BREAK ACROSS CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

READING:  MONDAY 15 JULY AT 7.0 P.M.

AUDITION: SUNDAY 21 JULY AT 1.0 P.M. 

We start both the reading and the audition with an introduction from the artistic director and the director.  Do try to arrive on time so that you don’t miss lots of useful information about the play and being part of the production.

The reading and the audition will be held at the theatre. If you know the Loft, please come to the Stage Door at the rear of the theatre in Spencer’s Yard. There is access through the gate to the left of The Fold on Spencer Street.  If you are new to the Loft please come to the front of the theatre on Victoria Colonnade, adjacent to the river.

THE REVIEWS

“This modern day Medea is a tragic force to be reckoned with; alive with complexity and psychological astuteness. The play’s tragic force emerges strongly and the production’s climax seems better suited to modern tastes than Euripides’s original.” 

Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Intimate, intense and visceral, with a good balance of mortal lust and divine influence, with a powerful central character, this new version of Medea is potent ancient drama with sharp psychological observation, dark humour and plenty of bite.

London Theatre.co.uk Review 2014

THE PLAY

“Medea” by Ben Power is a modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy written by Euripides. In this reimagining, Power brings the ancient tale into contemporary relevance, exploring themes of betrayal, revenge, and the consequences of unchecked passion. The story follows the titular character, Medea, a foreigner in a land that rejects her, as she navigates the aftermath of her husband’s betrayal and abandonment. 

It is a timeless tale of love, betrayal, and vengeance that resonates just as powerfully today as it did over two millennia ago.

As the depth of Medea’s despair becomes clear, so too does the darkness that lurks within her. Fuelled by rage and a desire for justice, she concocts a plan for vengeance that is both cunning and ruthless. With the help of her knowledge of witchcraft and manipulation, Medea exacts a horrific revenge that shakes the very foundations of the society that has rejected her.

One of the most striking aspects of Power’s adaptation is its exploration of gender dynamics and power structures. Medea’s journey is a powerful indictment of the patriarchal society that seeks to silence and subjugate women, highlighting the ways in which marginalized voices are often dismissed and devalued. Through Medea’s actions, Power challenges the audience to confront uncomfortable truths about privilege, entitlement, and the consequences of unchecked ambition. 

Whilst the set, costume and sound design will be contemporary, we intend to pay homage to its origins in Greek Tragedy, both in terms of staging and with a full chorus.

CHARACTERS TO BE CAST

Medea The protagonist of the play, Medea is a woman of formidable intellect and passion. She is a foreigner in the land of Corinth, having left her homeland and sacrificed everything for her husband, Jason. She is cunning, resourceful, and willing to go to extreme lengths to exact her revenge, making her a complex and morally ambiguous character. This is a huge part that requires an actor with the ability and endurance to hold the entire play together.        

Playing age guide  – 30-45

Jason Medea’s husband and a celebrated hero, Jason is initially portrayed as charismatic and charming. However, his decision to abandon Medea for another woman reveals his selfish and manipulative nature. Despite his betrayal, Jason is unrepentant and seeks to justify his actions, making him a deeply flawed and morally ambiguous character. His interactions with Medea serve as a catalyst for the play’s dramatic events, highlighting the destructive power of betrayal and unchecked ambition.

Playing age guide – 30-50

Kreon The King of Corinth and the father of Jason’s new bride, Creon is a powerful and authoritative figure. He represents the patriarchal society that seeks to control and oppress women, enforcing rigid gender roles and punishing those who defy societal norms. 

Playing age guide – 50-60

Nurse Medea’s loyal confidante and advisor, the Nurse is a compassionate and sympathetic figure who provides support to Medea during her time of need. She serves as a voice of reason and wisdom, urging Medea to reconsider her actions and the consequences of her revenge.

Playing age guide – 30-50

Aegeus A sympathetic ally to Medea. He is the King of Athens, depicted as a wise and compassionate figure who offers sanctuary to Medea when she is in desperate need.

Playing age guide– 40-60

Chorus The Chorus consists of a group of Corinthian women who serve as a collective voice of the community. They provide commentary on the events unfolding in the play, offering insight into the societal norms and values that govern their world. The Chorus’s reactions to Medea’s actions serve to highlight the moral ambiguity of her choices and the complexities of human nature. Ideally, we are looking for a chorus of 12 in order to adhere to the conventions of Greek tragedy. Some of the chorus members will need an ability to move confidently.

Playing age guide 18-60

AUDITION GUIDELINES

At the audition you will be required to read short sections of the script. You will be given time to look over this text with other actors on the day.

 If you are interested in playing the part of Medea the director will have one of her monologues available for you to take away at the end of the reading.   We will also ensure that some copies are left in the theatre for you to pick up by the pigeon holes. This is to enable you to do a little more preparation for what is such a pivotal role. There is no expectation that it should be learnt for the audition.

To register interest, or if you are interested but can’t make the dates… or for any more information, please get in touch with the director, Craig Shelton at c.shelton@ksn.org.uk or for questions of a general nature please get in touch with the artistic director, Sue Moore at suemoore@lofttheatrecompany.com

CASTING POLICY

The Loft’s casting policy is centred on casting the very best actors for each role. Casting will always be open and neutral. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend auditions.  If specific race/ethnicity or other characteristics are central to the story, we will make this clear in audition notices. There is no pre-casting without the express permission of the Artistic Director.

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