Oresteia: This Restless House
Citizens Theatre in association with the National Theatre of Scotland
Situated in one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow, the Citizens Theatre is one of the UK’s most established producing theatres. Led by Artistic Director Dominic Hill, the Citizens’ - or ‘Citz’ as it’s affectionately known - vision is to enhance and transform lives through performance and participation that everyone can access. Specialising in bold and accessible interpretations of classic texts, the company believes that stories originally created in the past have the power to enlighten our lives and behaviour today; and that great literature speaks relevantly and powerfully over centuries.
Based on the epic Greek tragedy, Zinnie Harris’ Oresteia: This Restless House is very much a contemporary play with language and settings familiar to a modern audience. Given a domestic setting, it examines how a family might react in the face of extreme rage and how a person lives with the emotional consequences of great trauma. With the bulk of the action seen through the eyes of Clytemnestra and her daughter Electra, women are central to Dominic Hill’s emotionally intense and visceral production.
An Edinburgh International Festival revival.
In the press
“Breathtaking…powerful…trailblazing” The Scotsman
“a sinewy reworking of Aeschylus that explodes into a cacophonous climax… a production of depth, ambition and creepy power” The Guardian
Number of people on stage14 (11 adults and 3 children)
UK - 2 x 45 foot trailers, International - Information available on request
Scale of venueMiddle-scale (capacity 400-850)
Minimum performance spacePlaying Area - 12m x 11.5m plus 2.5m wing space each side
Text-basedDense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
Also contains:Live Music, Nudity, Strong Language, Violence
Production dates22-27 AUGUST
Duration265 MINS (two intervals)
AddressJudith Kilvington, Executive Director
119 Gorbals Street
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