Where: theSpace @ Surgeon’s Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh
£: Tickets cost £10 and £8 for concessions
What is it?
The Flying Pig Theatre company will be making their Edinburgh Fringe debut with a new version of Euripides’ Bacchae, showing throughout August at theSpace UK’s Surgeon’s Hall.
From the team behind last year’s The Master and Margarita, comes an imaginative retelling of this ancient tragedy.
Euripides’ tragedy is preoccupied with distinctly modern concerns; ritualised violence, sexuality, and gender. It uses the freedom of the bacchanal to explore the darker side of female sexuality, and to question the humanity of ritual.
The controlling nature of the Theban men is set against the permissiveness of Dionysian culture; the Maenads’ triumphant bacchanal state blurs violence and sex in a whirlwind that offers questions, but few answers.
Flying Pig Theatre’s production will experiment with innovative use of live sound, combining haunting vocals with an interactive set. Extended physical theatre sequences will heighten the dreamlike atmosphere, and will be used to show the bacchanal itself.