On Tuesday the 15th of October 2013, we went to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury to watch ‘Medea’ a modern adaptation of the Greek Mythology and an ancient Greek tragedy, which was produced by the ‘Floods of Ink Theatre Company’.
Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy that involves themes such as lust, passion, love, danger, betrayal, jealousy and revenge. All of themes being ones that capture the audience, as they are often something that people can relate to feeling. Medea tells the story of the jealousy and revenge of a woman betrayed by her husband. She and Jason (her husband) lived a happy life, they were married and had 2 beautiful children. Medea had left her home and her own father to live with Jason. The situation changes though, when Jason falls in love with another woman, Glauce the daughter of Creon, ruler of Corinth. Jason sees this new love as a good opportunity for he and his family to gain a better life, thus he leaves Medea for Glauce. Jason’s abandonment of the family has crushed Medea emotionally and mentally, in fact it pushed her to curse her own existence and her children’s too. Medea plots her revenge. She wants the satisfaction of seeing Jason hurt. To do this, she pretends to sympathise with Jason and offers his new wife ‘gifts’. These gifts were mean to convince Glauce to ask her father to allow the children to stay in Corinth. Little does Glauce know that the dress and the coronet are poisoned and the wearing of them causes Glauce’s death. Jason is badly hurt by her death, but this is by no means enough for Medea, she hasn’t yet felt true satisfaction. She wants to crush his heart, and she know she would need to do it with those he loves the most. She decides that they way to do this was thorough their children, so she kills the children. She now feels true satisfaction, seeing Jason torn apart and crushed like this, she knew she had got her revenge. Jason now had nothing left.
First written and directed by Euripides in