Review: The Suppliant Women – Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh

First published in The Times, Thursday October 6 2016

Four Stars

You couldn’t find a bolder statement of intent than this, the first significant production of David Greig’s tenure as artistic director of the Lyceum in Edinburgh. The co-production with the Actors Touring Company returns its audience to the dawn of drama, with a version (penned by Greig himself) of one of the oldest surviving plays, written by Aeschylus and first performed in competition as part of the Athenian Festival of Dionysus in about 470BC.

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Review: This Restless House – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

First published in The Times, Thursday May 5 2016

Four Stars

There’s a wealth of Greek literature in Scottish theatre at present. The blood is still wet on the stage at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum (during the current run of Chris Hannan’s adaptation of Homer’s Iliad), as the curtain begins to rise on this ambitious reimagining of Aeschylus’s Oresteia trilogy, with a punchy, contemporary version of the text by the playwright Zinnie Harris.

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