Medea (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.


Modern-edged take let down by cast

Critical Mass theatre’s modern-edged take on Euripides’ story of the woman who killed her children never quite delivers the emotional clout promised by its heart-wrenching storyline. Stella Duffy’s script is gutsy and raw, but delivered unimaginatively by a rather unresponsive three-woman chorus and with a range of distractingly overdone regional accents by Richard Fry as all three male characters, leaving Nadira Janikova to rant and rave convincingly as the spurned and enraged outsider Medea, but to little end.

Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 29 Aug, 6.30pm, £12–£13 (£10).


  • 2 stars

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