Iphigenia in Splott

Sherman Cymru


Established in 1973, Cardiff-based Sherman Cymru is the leading producing theatre for New Writing in Wales, commissioning plays in both English and Welsh. Collaborating with other major institutions such as National Theatre Wales and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru (NTW’s Welsh language equivalent), the company is committed to develop the work of Welsh and Wales-based playwrights and theatre-makers. Alongside an extensive programme of produced and received performance, the theatre maintains a significant outreach and participation programme, generating relevant and inspiring opportunities for the citizens of Cardiff to connect with the theatre.

Iphigenia in Splott is written by one of Wales’ finest playwrights, Gary Owen and directed by Sherman Cymru’s new Artistic Director, Rachel O'Riordan. Set in the tough inner-city environment of Splott (a Cardiff suburb), Owen's funny and profoundly moving adaptation of Euripides’ tragic myth boldly explores social injustice and the contemporary underclass, particularly in relation to young women. Effie, Owen’s solo protagonist, wonderfully embodied by Sophie Melville, has no education, no money and no prospects. Her life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night - until a chance encounter makes her believe she could be something more.


In the press

"...a fresh start for the Sherman, which under O'Riordan will be forging new creative partnerships with both Welsh companies and those further afield" The Guardian

Production details

  • Writer

    Gary Owen
  • Director

    Rachel O'Riordan
  • Designer

    Hayley Grindle
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

    2 (1 actor, 1 stage manager)
  • Freight


    Further details on request.

  • Touring Availability

    From March 2016
  • Scale of venue

    Middle-scale (capacity 400-850)
  • Minimum performance space

    7m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    KingDome, Pleasance
  • Production dates

    24 – 30 August
  • Production times

    1350 –1500
  • Duration

    70 MINS (No interval)
  • Audience capacity