We’re counting down to the world premiere of Blueprint Medea, which relocates Euripides’ ancient classic to the fringes of modern London amongst a group of Kurdish and Iraqi immigrants. How has writer-director Julia Pascal’s company been getting on in rehearsals? Take a look – and then get booking!
Blueprint Medea has a limited three-week season at west London’s Finborough Theatre, running from 21 May to 8 June 2019, with press nights on 23 and 24 May.
In the play, a modern version of Euripides’ ancient Greek tragedy, Medea (played by Ruth D’Silva) is a Kurdish freedom fighter who escapes the Turkish military and arrives at UK Border Control on a forged passport. While living on the margins of London life and working illegally as a cleaner in a gym, she meets Jason-Mohammed (Max Rinehart), the son of Iraqi immigrants. Their attraction results in the birth of twin boys.
Medea believes that she has finally found a new home, a new family and a new life. But when Jason’s father decides his son must marry an Iraqi cousin, Medea realises she will lose her sons and her safe haven. What does she have to lose by avenging herself?
The title character is based on Asia Ramazan Antar, the real-life Kurdish Women’s Protection Units fighter who became a symbol for the feminist struggle in the Rojava conflict and in the Kurdish fight against ISIS in Syria. After photos of her went viral online, she was dubbed the “Kurdish Angelina Jolie” because of her resemblance to the Hollywood actress. Antar was killed during a suicide attack in Manbij, Syria on 30 August 2016.
Blueprint Medea runs from 21 May to 8 June 2019 at the Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £10-£20. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Ruth D’Silva stars as Medea opposite Max Rinehart as Jason. They’re joined in the cast by Tiran Aakel, Shaniaz Hama Ali and Amanda Maud. What have they been up to in rehearsals?