Presented by Lung Ha Theatre Company and Unga Klara
I will tell you a fairy tale. Once upon a time there was a prince called Jason who fell terribly in love with a princess called Medea. So, she had two children.
A Swedish modern classic in children’s theatre, written in 1975 by Per Lysander and Suzanne Osten, through a process of constant dialogue with groups of children from different backgrounds.
The theme – divorce seen from the children’s perspective – seems everyday-like. But it is one of our deeply hidden wounds in society that the price of every divorce is children in pain and agony. It seems children can’t stand agression and fights between their two parents. So what Lysander and Osten created when writing Medea’s Children was a new genre: tragedy for children with its theatrical roots in Greek drama.
The audience follows Little Medea and Jason Junior on a winding road of emotional turmoil and development driven by their need to know and understand the truth about their reality.
This production was chosen as part of Made in Scotland 2011, a curated showcase of Scottish performance on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011, supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) and Creative Scotland.
Remarkable Arts, Edinburgh: 13 – 29 August 2011
Kulturhuset, Stockholm: 4 – 6 September 2011
“…Osten and Lysander’s script is so powerful, and Nicola Tuxworth’s performance as the older of the two children, Little Medea, so bold and poignant, that it’s difficult to forget this fierce, knotty and haunting version of the story, or to shake off its atmosphere of gathering terror and gloom.”Joyce McMillan – The Scotsman