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 in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece. 

Written 2,500 years ago by the great playwright Aeschylus, The Suppliant Women is one of the world’s oldest plays. This is a story about the plight of refugees, moral and human rights, civil war, democracy and ultimately the triumph of love - a tale that echoes down the ages to find striking and poignant resonance today.

Featuring a chorus of local women from Dublin, this is part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology, it offers an electric connection to the deepest and most mysterious 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. 

Press

★★★★★ An epic, feminist protest song

Mark Fisher, The Guardian

★★★★★ An exhilarating show, rich with resonance and power. Rush to see it whilst you can

Simon Thompson, Whats on Stage

★★★★ In Ramin Gray’s production the rhythms of the writing tightly entwine with a sparsely beautiful soundtrack of percussion and ancient aulos pipes to truly hypnotic effect

Allan Radcliff, The Times

★★★★ Achingly expressive...incredibly moving

Charlotte Runchie, The Telegraph

★★★★ A bold production from director Ramin Gray

Thom Dibdin , The Stage

Credits+

Scenes

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Gemma May

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The Suppliant Women

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Omar Ebrahim

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Oscar Batterham

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Oscar Batterham, Omar Ebrahim and Gemma May