Fri 18 May - Sat 30 Jun
A new adaptation by Rosanna Lowe
With Blood Wedding
and Hedda Gabler
, The Bacchae
forms part of 2012's unique trilogy of plays, Festival of Chaos
. A two month celebration in Northampton, the Festival explores the contemporary relevance of the god Dionysus.
"He is wildness. He is freedom. He is everywhere."
In the underbelly of a modern city built on money and greed, a riotous underground world is emerging. Local women are being seduced by a hedonistic god who pits ecstasy and emotion against more rational traditions of order and control.
Through song and ritual, Dionysus unleashes the sexuality of an emerging cult of female Bacchae, not only to seek revenge on the city above that he thinks has forgotten him, but to remind us that his spirit lies within all of us and we ignore him at our peril.
Directed by Laurie Sansom
and featuring a spectacular original score, playwright Rosanna Lowe
’s new version of Euripides’ Greek tragedy captures, at hurtling pace, this devastating yet surprisingly comic tale. Staged within the fascinating setting of a disused print works in the town centre, audiences are plunged into an atmospheric world of dancing, drinking and laughter on the one hand… and murder, violence and retribution on the other.
Never before has Royal & Derngate attempted to stage an event of this nature. Come and join us at Northampton Chronicle & Echo Printing Press Rooms
, and be part of something extraordinary.
: Blood Wedding
and The Bacchae
are performed by the same company in rotation. Please find a full performance schedule below.
Mon – Sat Eves
£24 £22 £19 £13
(Premium Seats £28)
Thu & Sat Matinees
(Premium Seats £20)
this show contains strong language and violent scenes.
is performed in a large industrial space. It is advisable to wear warm clothing.
CAST: Amanda Wilkin, Alicia Davies, Donna Berlin, Ery Nzaramba, Jim Bywater, Kathryn Pogson, Liam Bergin, Philip Cairns, Robert Benfield, Rosie Ede, Seline Hizli.
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