Internationally renowned Kuwaiti playwright and director Sulayman Al-Bassam presents this groundbreaking adaptation of the Ancient Greek myth, first dramatised by Euripides. Drawing inspiration from ancient sources, Al-Bassam explores the contradictions of modernity and examines the relationship between the Arab and African Worlds and Europe in the light of mass migrations and rising Islamophobia. Through the character of Medea, played by the spectacular Franco Syrian actress Hala Omran, the piece explores of the themes of female sovereignty, love, marriage and broken vows.
This production is Al-Bassam’s fourth collaboration with the great French Scenographer Eric Soyer (UR; Petrol Station; In the Eruptive Mode), and continues their exploration of new dramatic forms that cross Arab and international borders, offering a deeply original theatre experience, open to the world. Through the appropriation and re-invention of Gulf sea chanties, the live music of the production delves into the collective imaginary and opens new horizons for storytelling and the stage in the twenty first century.