Marina Carr's new re-imagining of the dark Greek myth of Clytemnestra and her husband Agamemnon.
During the Trojan War, commander Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter so that the Achaeans can sail to Ilium. Ten years following the tragic death, Agamemnon reunites with his wife Clytemnestra who is out for revenge.
A tragic drama about love, grief and power.
Marina Carr’s ('Blood Wedding') adaptation retells this ancient story from Clytemnestra's perspective. Annabelle Comyn directs.
It’s a shame ... that Carr spells out every idea instead of trusting in Annabelle Comyn’s atmospheric staging. The second half loses steam as the family drama grows increasingly convoluted. It’s the women who are unforgettable here.
[Eileen Walsh and David Walmsley] are tectonic performers with arresting chemistry. Despite its imperfections, it is this disturbing vision that will stay with you long past the bloody finale.
Annabelle Comyn’s fortifying production has a contemporary/timeless setting. Eileen Walsh gives a hugely impressive performance as Clytemnestra. The nature of classical drama in which key events take place off stage can be disassociating.
Eileen Walsh ... is a glorious Clytemnestra. It doesn't feel as if breaking point is approached ... the pace drags despite the strength of the performances and the richness of the writing. Walsh is utterly commanding, but both the premise and the direction needlessly maroon her.