Elektra / Orestes
By Jada Alberts & Anne-Louise Sarks
Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Dramaturg Cristabel Sved
14 March – 26 April
The story of the House of Atreus is of one of the greatest cycles ever conceived by humankind – a diabolical sequence of brilliant dramatic premises. At its heart is an unstoppable chain reaction as each generation, one after the other, tries to solve the problems their parents made worse by trying to solve the problems their parents made worse.
Arguably, the tragedy began when Tantalus fed his son to the Gods to test their omniscience. With the Gods offside the family fell into tragedy upon tragedy. Thyestes and Atreus were the grandsons of Tantalus. Elektra and Orestes were the grandchildren of Atreus.
The tragedy for this generation began when Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter, Iphigenia, at the outset of a great war a decade ago. His wife, Klytemnestra, cannot forgive the murder of their daughter. She conspires with Thyestes’ son Aegisthus to kill Agamemnon when he returns victorious from the war. Their remaining children, Elektra and Orestes cannot forgive Klytemnestra’s vengeful slaughter of their father. Orestes is in exile and Elektra, Hamlet-like, stalks her mother’s palace looking for a way to achieve some semblance of justice, while their sister, Khrysothemis, tries to keep the peace.
Now place this action in the kitchen of a suburban Australian home. In this vivid adaption all of the action of the Greek myth is reconstructed in an entirely contemporary vernacular and setting.
Sydney Theatre Awards’ Best Newcomer Hunter Page-Lochard (Brothers Wreck) is the perfect contemporary Orestes, with Katherine Tonkin as his counterpoint, Elektra. Sydney Theatre Award nominee Ursula Mills (Kryptonite, Sydney Theatre Company) is Khrysothemis, Ben Winspear (Bagdad Wedding) is Aegisthus and the stellar Linda Cropper (Nora) is Klytemnestra.
Anne-Louise Sarks (A Christmas Carol, Medea) has forged a remarkable series of shows by combining the full force of old tales with the uncanny familiarity of modern life. Here she teams with playwright Jada Alberts (Brothers Wreck) to create twin shows in a single night. One whole turn of the bloody cycle of love, justice and revenge.
Notes for Editors
Dates 14 March – 26 April 2015
Previews Saturday 14, Sunday 15 & Tuesday 17 March
Opening night Wednesday 18 March
Unwaged Performance 2pm Thursday 9 April
Sunday Forum 3pm 26 April
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full from $72* | Seniors/Industry/Group $62 | Concession $49 | Previews $50
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au
* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.
Hero images by Julian Meagher – download
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman – download
Production images by Lisa Tomasetti – download
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