Hell hath no fury

Rachael Stirling plays the wronged Medea.
Rachael Stirling plays the wronged Medea.

GREEK tragedy – it’s not exactly a light-hearted affair.

Landing in the southside this week is an adaptation of perhaps the most harrowing of all, given a modern-day makeover and posing the question: are those tales of passion, vengeance and fallibility just as relevant today?

The play in question is Euripides’ Medea – a story about the original wronged woman driven to extraordinary lengths to get back at a former lover.

Up-and-coming writer Mike Bartlett has transformed the heroine (at times, more anti than otherwise) into a modern day mother: a woman whose husband has left her for a younger model, and who becomes ever-increasingly unhinged, watching over her young son and contemplating — for many — the worst possible crime.

Extreme and uncomfortable, perhaps — but Bartlett’s character is intended to be recognisable, and one suspects that discomfort is the intention.

The play is the latest of a few to receive its premiere in Glasgow — and in the southside, no less — with the cast arriving at the Citizen’s Theatre from London before heading on tour.

Taking the title role is twice-Olivier nominated Rachael Stirling, whose credits include films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Salmon Fishing in Yemen, as well as a tailor-made episode of Doctor Who and numerous theatre parts.

Rachael’s Jason is played by Adam Levy, who has again notched up numerous credits, including a previous run at the Citz in Angels in America.

Some lucky readers may have already snapped up a bargain ticket, as the Citz ran its 50p ticket promotion for the first 100 in line last Saturday.

But for those still swithering about seeing Medea before she moves on...you know what they say: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

n Medea runs at the Citizens Theatre from tonight (September 27) until October 13. Performances at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on Oct 13 
and audio-described shows on Oct 4 and 11 (both 7.30). Tickets £12-£19, available from 429 0022.