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"Liz Lochhead’s stunning new version of Medea is the kind of interpretation—brave, visionary, risky—that blows a well-known text apart and reassembles it in a completely new light... What Lochhead does is to recast Medea as an episode—ancient but new, cosmic yet agonizingly familiar—in a sex war which is recognizable to every woman, and most of the men, in the theatre..."— ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Nick Hern Books
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I liked this adaptation of Medea (which is not one of my favorite Greek plays), but I really only have two things to say about it. 1) Lochhead's adaptation seems to move quicker than Euripides' play and many of the other adaptations I've read, which I really like. Plays that drag are challenging, and I feel like the pace in this version was brisker than in many other versions. This is especially important for a play like Medea, which really kind of relies on the shock of the incredible violence ...more
The translation by Liz Lochhead, a Scottish poet and playwright, makes some changes to Euripides' script, although according to Wikipedia the ancient dramatist himself tweaked the traditional story http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medea_%2... . Feminist awareness runs through the story, which is at times a standoff between the views of women and men. Medea's plight does get a reader's sympathy. Jason (of the Argonauts) with whom she is married with three children decides without telling her he's mar ...more
Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet and dramatist, originally from Newarthill in North Lanarkshire. In the early 1970s she joined Philip Hobsbaum's writers' group, a crucible of creative activity - other members were Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard. Her plays include Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation in ...more