The Suppliant Women

If we help, we invite trouble. If we don’t, we bring shame.

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. They are escaping forced marriage, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.

Written 2,500 years ago, one of the world’s oldest plays speaks to us through the ages with startling resonance for our troubled times.

Featuring a chorus of local women from London, this is part play, part ritual. Director Ramin Gray unearths an electric connection to the deepest and most myseterious ideas of humanity - who are we, where do we belong and if all goes wrong - who will take us in?

The Suppliant Women premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh in October 2016. Before its run at the Young Vic, the production will play the Dublin Theatre Festival (27 Sept - 1 Oct) with a community chorus drawn from the Dublin area.

Press

★★★★★ Like no other adaptation of an Ancient Greek play you have ever seen, The Suppliant Women is a timeless production. The universal message streams down the years to cascade over the audience ... enraptured by this piece of perfectly executed storytelling. Pure, unpretentious, reality dispelling drama.

Joe Vesey Byrne, The Independent

★★★★★ The harmonic singing… is among the most beautiful I’ve heard for some time….it’s the way [it] honours so beautifully the incantatory rhythms… of Aeschylus’ original that makes this exceptional

Claire Allfree , The Telegraph

★★★★★ "An astonishing Greek chorus finds its voice"

Susannah Clapp, The Observer

★★★★★ A return to theatre as ritual ... a remarkable staging ... bypasses the brain and gets into your body ...

Matt Trueman, What’s On Stage

★★★★ A bulletin from ancient times that speaks with electric urgency to our own. Heart-stopping, hypnotic and profoundly stirring. Leaves you breathless and exhilarated

Sam Marlowe, The Times

★★★★ Wonderful ... a shockingly topical ancient drama brought to fierce, beautiful staging by Actors Touring Company and a blistering chorus of local young women. A defiant, moving plea for equality and humanity. David Greig’s version is ingenious. The women hold the power on stage, blazing with defiance and hope. Tremendous.

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times

★★★★ Tremendous power and heart. Terrifically powerful - not to mention empowering. David Greig’s witty, forceful adaptation ... pretty extraordinary.

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out

★★★★ Boldly choreographed by Sasha Milavic Davies ... rousingly topical ... a pulsating urgency ... superb Gemma May.

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

★★★★★ Poignant and terrifying... the chorus drive the action for every one of the 90 thrilling minutes. It is Europe 2017, and all times and all migrations. Wonderful, thrilling, remarkable.”

Libby Purves , Theatre Cat

All-encompassing ... totally intoxicating ... an unusual but deeply satisfying evening.

Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

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Gemma May Rees

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Oscar Batterham

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Omar Ebrahim

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The Suppliant Women Company
Oscar Batterham
Omar Ebrahim
Gemma May Rees