YOUNG actors brought a 2,400-year-old tale of murder and revenge to life last week – but there was nothing tragic about their performance.
Students re-enacted the Greek tragedy of Medea on Priestley College’s new outdoor stage, which has been built to provide a different experience for both performers and audience members.
“Medea’s tale starts after the end of the story that everyone knows as Jason and the Argonauts,” said Performing Arts Tutor Abbie Rippon.
“It is very challenging for the students. They have had to get used to a different style of acting and have produced a performance that is true to the early style of theatre but suitable for a contemporary audience.”
Greek theatre was designed to educate its audience and play a part in moulding them into good citizens.
Rehearsals took place as other students and tutors went about their business.
“It was very unusual to hear a Greek tragedy being played out as you walked between classes,” said Tutor Adam Bird.
The play tells the story of the revenge of a woman betrayed by her husband. All of the action of the play is at Corinth, where Jason has brought Medea after the adventures of the Golden Fleece.
He leaves her to marry Glauce, the daughter of King Creon, so that he can have children of royal blood. Medea goes on to plot and carry out the murder of her children to punish Jason.
“It has been interesting for them to learn about the history of another culture as well as the performance and it has been designed to stretch them,” said Abbie.