NFA International Arts & Culture in association with The Place, the Institut français du Royaume Uni, and SACD France present François Testory in Medea, written in rage by Jean René Lemoine. Director & Translator Neil Bartlett. Costumes Mr Pearl. Music Phil Von. Lighting Chahine Yavroyan.
The stage is set for a gig – a microphone, a bank of speakers, and smoke hanging in the air. A figure in an extraordinary gown emerges from the shadows. This is Medea – returned from history to tell us her version of events.
This startling, contemporary reimagining of the ancient Greek legend of passion and revenge casts Medea as the ultimate outsider, a stranger filled with rage in a foreign land. Her monologue transports us from ancient Greece to modern Europe and back again in a provocative, blood-soaked collage of performance, opera, and sexual confession.
The performer, dancer, and vocalist, François Testory fuses his extraordinary physicality, and androgynous and unique stage presence with a seven-octave vocal range to bring to life the murderous Medea in this evocative lament, featuring live music by acclaimed composer and music producer, Phil Von François.
Neil Bartlett is one of the UK’s most celebrated directors and authors. Formerly Artistic Director the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, his most recent work includes Stella(LIFT, Brighton Festival, Holland Festival 2016) and the Britten Canticles (Aldeburgh, Brighton, Royal Opera house, 2015).
Contains adult content, strong language, and possible nudity. Age 16+
With the kind support of The Institut français du Royaume Uni, SACD France, South East Dance, Theatre of Europe, Marlborough Theatre, And What? Queer Arts Festival, and FOLKE Commissioned by The Place.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Image: Manuel Vason