A woman. Alone. A bed. Single. And children die at the end.
When something is perfect, it can’t last.
FMYouthTheatre is embarking on a major throwback through their production of After Medea. The show is a devised performance inspired by Euripides’ tragic Greek play Medea. It explores relationships and love – true love, because true love does not always last. This project is being produced by FM Theatre Productions, and is under the direction of Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe.
For those of you who are reading the name Euripides for the first time, he is one of the great Greek playwrights that is associated with Greek theatre. In his original text, Medea is a tragic play based on the myth of Jason and Medea. Without giving away too much of the plot, you can assume that because it is a tragedy, the events that occur and the situations which arise are neither happy nor pleasant. If you believe in “The Crazy Eyes”, then you would definitely see Medea wearing a fresh and bloody pair.
From Euripides’ original tale, the company was drawn to the concept of what exactly ‘#LoveIs’. Two little and simple words, and yet the answer is not as straightforward as it seems. The members explained that through several improvised and created performances based on the original story, the major theme that emerged was this – “that Love is a wondrous AND dangerous feeling, and that it is often what surrounds us that leads us to do things.”
FMYouthTheatre is dedicated to empowering youths to skilfully participate in the world of the performing arts, and to use it as a vehicle to explore their creativity. Other past performances by the company include a devised piece based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s the Little Prince (Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2016), and Ilbieraħ ‘il Quddiem (Ziguzajg Arts Festival 2016), a devised piece that explored Maltese life during three particular periods – 1916, 1966, 2016.
To conclude, here is what the director of the piece – Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe – had to say about the decision to use this Greek tragedy as a stimulus:
“I chose Medea because it is a show that I have read and studied and seen so many times, but I have always been left with many questions. To be honest, doing a Greek tragedy about killing children with young people does not seem like a typical match. But everyone’s love story is epic to them, so I knew I wanted to explore this impossible love story with people who are at the beginning of their own love stories.”
After Medea is happening this weekend (Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th) at 8:15pm in the Amphitheatre at Il-Gnien l-Għarusa tal-Mosta. You can book your tickets by contacting +35621419306 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The show is for ages 14 and over, and if you want to watch the video promo for the show, click HERE.
Photo Credits: Craig Hitchings
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