2 Shepperton Road, N1 3DT London
Three actors. Thirty-one tragedies. One hour. No clue.
Watch as Catharsis mercilessly butcher the canon and drag Greek tragedy kicking and screaming off its plinth and onto a rollercoaster of a show which throws it from the highbrow to the lowbrow, from masks to mischief. Guaranteed to make you chorus with laughter!
“THIS IS THE REASON FRINGE THEATRE EXISTS” — Culturised, for purged
Thirty one plays by the great tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides survive from antiquity. Together, they make up the canon of Greek tragedy: an incredible body of work which forms the cornerstone of Western storytelling.
Tonight, our attempt to perform them all will go exactly according to plan. It absolutely will not descend into a mess of surrealism and absurdity which requires three hapless performers to throw their prepared material and 2500 years of tradition to the winds and do all thirty-one Greek tragedies in one hour. I mean, that would be ridiculous.
If you’ve ever had to read a Greek tragedy at school, been forced to sit through one, or you’re just a culture junkie looking for your next big high, then this is the show for you.
★★★★★ ”CAPTIVATING… AS GOOD AS ANYTHING ON THE WEST END STAGE OR SCREEN” — LondonTheatre1, for Hippolytus