Director Adena Jacobs
Designer & Dramaturg Paul Jackson
Composer & Sound Designer Max Lyandvert
Belvoir St Theatre | Downstairs
21 August – 14 September 2014
According to legend, Oedipus was a foundling raised by the King and Queen of Corinth. When an oracle told him he was destined to murder his father and marry his mother he left Corinth believing that King Polybus and Queen Merope were his parents and the subjects of the prophesy. On the road to Thebes he killed an old man in a petty dispute. When he arrived in Thebes he discovered the King has been murdered and the city was laid siege by a Sphinx. He solved the Sphinx’s riddle, was offered the hand of the King’s widow – Queen Jocasta – and became King.
But the Gods remained displeased and Thebes was struck by a plague. King Oedipus determined that he must avenge the murder of the previous King. His investigations uncovered the most shocking truth imaginable. The old man he killed on the way to Thebes was the King. Not only that, the King and his Queen Jocasta were his parents. He had married his mother and fathered her four children. In despair Queen Jocasta hangs herself. Oedipus, on discovering her body, removed her brooch and gouged out his eyes.
What comes next? Oedipus is now an old man. He is alone and blind. His kingdom has fallen to ruin. How is he to live on?
In this meditation on the myth of Oedipus Rex, director Adena Jacobs invites the audience to an encounter with one of the western canon’s most provocative characters. In the extremely intimate space of Belvoir’s Downstairs Theatre, the incomparable Peter Carroll (Old Man, The Book of Everything) brings this mythical figure to stark reality.
Andrea Demetriades (Janet King ABC1, Pygmalion Sydney Theatre Company) joins Carroll as Oedipus’ daughter Antigone, a Greek chorus figure in this production.
Directed by Adena Jacobs, this Oedipus Rex is a lament and a powerful expression of tragedy for a modern audience – an invitation to bear witness to a man who was once a king, now reconstructing the pieces.
Notes for Editors
Dates 21 August – 14 September 2014
Previews Thursday 21 & Friday 22 August 2014
Opening Night Saturday 23 August 2014
Times Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday to Friday 8.15pm | Saturday 2.15pm & 8.15pm | Sunday 5.15pm
Tickets Full $48 | Seniors/Industry/Group $42 | Concession $38 | Previews $38
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au
Production images by Pia Johnson – download
Rehearsal images by Pia Johnson – download
Hero image by Gary Heery – download
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