The timeless story of Phaedras dark obsession with her stepson is placed in a contemporary Ireland that has become a fertile playing field for the capricious gods. Racines masterpiece of the French theatre – itself drawn from Euripides – and themes from the baroque score of Rameaus operatic response to this mythic tale, have provided the springboard for a dynamic collaboration between writer Hilary Fannin and composer/musician Ellen Cranitch.
Through Fannin’s scathing humour, Rough Magic’s powerful production explores the extremities of passion, and the psychology of a doomed family in its attempts to outwit fate.
This production was awarded the following in the 2011 Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards:
Nomination: Best Production
Nomination: Best Costumes- Bláithín Sheerin
Nomination: Best Sound- Ellen Cranitch