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 Royal Exchange (11 March – 1 April) with a community chorus drawn from the Manchester area.
★★★★★ 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, What's 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 Radcliffe, The Times
★★★★ Achingly expressive...incredibly moving— Charlotte Runcie, The Telegraph
★★★★ A bold production from director Ramin Gray— Thom Dibdin , The Stage