Jul. 7th, 2016

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This is the story of Medea's children - two, in this version, Leon and Jasper (Aedan Burmester, aged 12, and Quinn Bevan, 10 - there are two other children playing the parts on alternate nights). They have been shut in their (modern) bedroom while Jason and Medea argue; Medea comes to visit them several times throughout the evening, as events proceed and the final tragedy approaches.

The child actors were incredibly good. I've seen excellent child actors in film, but I haven't seen a play with such major parts for children - they are on stage for the whole 70 minutes. I thought Quinn was particularly good - there's a bit where he's been describing all the fun he's going to have in the mansion where he'll be living with his father and his new wife, and then he says to his mother that obviously she'll be invited over for dinner every night, so he can sit next to her. It was touchingly believable and heart-breaking.

Spoilers for 2500 year-old play. )

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