A mother clings to power while her daughter screams murder. An estranged son is coming home. A bloody family saga sprawling decades is about to reach its conclusion. Everything is about to change.
Electra, the murderous Greek myth of power and prophecy, is reinvented as a lyrical modern epic with a live punk-rock score for a new production opening next week at London’s Bunker Theatre.
Electra, played by Lydia Larson (Skin A Cat, Bunker Theatre & Vault Festival; Doctors, BBC; Kidnapped, Virgin), is set against a backdrop of a revolution, drawing inspiration from modern, international conflicts and uprisings.
A queen masterminds the murder of her husband and takes the throne with her new lover. Her daughter, Electra, grows up in the grip of a cruel regime, swearing revenge.
Her son, Orestes, exiled as a boy and raised in the arms of the rebels, waits to embark on a holy mission to reclaim his country.
Two decades later a twist of fate brings brother and sister together; united by hate but divided by faith.
With the country on the brink of civil war, the most powerful family in the kingdom are torn apart from the inside as their dark past once again becomes the present.
The revolution is sparked by issues familiar to a modern audience – austerity, unemployment and political corruption.
This new adaptation blends the contemporary and ancient, creating a recognisable world that is also one step removed.
Produced by Dumbwise, its artistic director, John Ward, said: “Electra is the original, anti-establishment, punk-rock legend, and a story rampant for reimagining in a modern age.
“Setting the play within a seething revolution electrifies the plot, finding new meanings for a modern audience, as the contradictions of today’s politics collide with the shocking violence and energy of this classic revenge tragedy”.
Cast: Lydia Larson, Dario Coates, Sian Martin, Matt Brewer, Dean Graham, Megan Leigh Mason and Samuel Martin.
Electra runs at The Bunker Theatre from February 27 – March 24.