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Medea: Out of the Mouths of Babes

  • Theatre, Drama
  • Theatre Works, St Kilda
  1. A couch is placed on stage, lit in blue light. Three actors pose on the couch - one leans across the arm, another sits up politely, a third is on all fours across the back of the couch
    Photograph: Morgan Roberts
  2. A woman sits on the floor next to a toppled chair. She is wearing an angular purple suit and looks anguished
    Photograph: Morgan Roberts
  3. A figure in a roman military costume stands with their hands on their hips above two people slouched over each other on a couch
    Photograph: Morgan Roberts
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Time Out says

Theatre Works’ latest production reimagines the famous tale of Medea and Jason from the fantastical minds of children

Drawn from Euripides’ famous tragedy Medea, Theatre Works’ latest premiere production Medea: Out of the Mouths of Babes has reimagined the Greek tale from the eyes of kids. Developed by a council of five children aged 6-10, and Theatre Works’ award-winning creative team, it tells the story from the point of view of two of its undoubtedly most important characters; Medea’s children.

Shifting the focus from adults, Medea and Jason, to the experience of the young children, the play is a unique addition to Theatre Works’ art calendar, suitable for young and old audiences alike.  

“Choosing to frame this particular retelling from the perspective of the children came about initially from not wanting to demonise, justify or vilify either Medea or Jason in one particular light”, explains Director Steven Mitchell Wright.

“I think in the current political climate, with the kind of media and social media cycles that we have, it would be very easy to tell a reductive version of this story, which is why I wanted to include real children in the development of the work. Their minds work in ways that are so different from ours. Their politics are different, their hearts are less shielded, and their imaginations are simply wild.”

The season will run until August 20. Tickets can be purchased online at the Theatre Works website

Written by Sanam Goodman

Details

Address:
Theatre Works
14 Acland St
St Kilda
Melbourne
3182
Price:
$42.50

Dates and times

7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
11:00 amOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
11:00 amOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
11:00 amOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
7:30 pmOut of the Mouths of BabesTheatre Works 42.50
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