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Theatre review: Medea On Media shakes up Greek tragedy with modern media

Published on Jul 4, 2014 10:50 AM

What happens when you put the water of Greek tragedy and the oil of modern media through a blender?

I suspect you might get an organism very much like theatre director Kim Hyun-Tak's high-impact Medea On Media: two forms coexisting in an uneasy but exciting alliance.

This is a deliberately edgy adaptation, combining the high-gloss feel of a choreographed Hollywood blockbuster with a stripped-down aesthetic. Kim opens up the inner workings of the stage - from costumes and props in full view of the audience, to the actors cleaning up after themselves - and reminds us repeatedly that this is not reality, but its saturated alter ego.

The Greek tragedy of Medea, written by Euripides in 431 B.C., did not fare entirely well with its Ancient Greek audience; they awarded it last place at the Dionysia festival that year.

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