Our new play
Iphigenia in Splott
by Gary Owen
Winner of Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015
Sprechwerk Hamburg, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, Hamburg (U/S-Bahn Berliner Tor)
7th and 8th September 2021 at 8 p.m.
(Warning: the play contains strong language with descriptions of scenes of a sexual nature)
Effie, if you met her on the street, is the kind of girl you would avoid eye contact with. Her life is a mixture of drugs, alcohol and drama. She will give you the finger without a batting an eyelid. But, like so many let down by society and the government, despite all her bravado she ultimately has no voice and no one to speak for her. However, our Greek heroine, via a poor British suburb, finally finds her voice and when she does there’s no stopping her. Gary Owen’s tense, heartbreaking yet witty monologue feels, as The Guardian five-star review put it, almost like the beginning of a revolution.
In Greek mythology, Iphigenia was Agamemnon’s daughter, sacrificed to ensure a fair wind to Troy and to further the ambitions of men. Who, we must ask ourselves, in today’s society are continually being sacrificed in order for others to pursue the insatiable desire for growth and profit?
Iphigenia in Splott was written for the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, where it enjoyed two sell-out runs. It then went on to the Edinburgh Fringe and the National Theatre in London. It won Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards in 2015. The original production was also included in The Guardian’s 50 Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century.*
Cast and Crew:
Effie: Naomi O’Taylor
Costume and Stage Design: Martin Scheibe
Director: Jason Couch
Ticket: pre-ordered €19.40 reduced €12.80 (Box office €21 reduced €13.50)
About Gary Owen – http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/client/gary-owen
About The Guardian’s list – https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/sep/17/the-50-best-theatre-shows-of-the-21st-century