‘She’s chucked out like an old coat that nae langer fits him…’
Medea and Jason, clinging together as refugees in Corinth, have struggled to bring up their beloved offspring in this alien and unsympathetic society. Now Jason has a plan to better integrate himself. Unfortunately, this involves abandoning his wife, the mother of his children…
Spurned, destitute, desperate, Medea exacts her terrible retribution.
Liz Lochhead’s Scots-inflected version of Euripides’ classic revenge tragedy was first performed by Theatre Babel in 2000 and won the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. It was revived by the National Theatre of Scotland as part of the 2022 Edinburgh International Festival, with Adura Onashile as Medea, directed by Michael Boyd.
‘This outstanding work should firmly establish the Glasgow playwright as Scotland’s greatest living dramatist… the finest piece I have seen on the Scottish stage this year’
— Scotland on Sunday
‘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… ancient but new, cosmic yet agonisingly familiar’
‘Some of the most exciting recent work on Greek drama in the English language’
— Sunday Times
‘Liz Lochhead’s celebrated adaptation… a formidable, immersive experience’
— The Times
‘Awesome… Liz Lochhead’s Scots verse spits wit and venom as male power meets female determination with operatic intensity’
‘Magnificent, thrilling… Lochhead’s brilliant and scathing Scots-language version of Euripides’ mighty text [has] a simmering and terrifying eloquence’
‘A breathtaking interpretation of the Greek tragedy… the addition of snarling Scottish dialect works brilliantly, adding extra layers of menace and seduction to the shocking tragedy… Transfixing, bloody, and reeking of danger, with images that will linger in your mind for hours after ending’
— Time Out