‘THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN’ runs at the Royal Exchange Theatre from 10 March – 1 April, 2017

Royal Exchange Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present


By Aeschylus in a new version by David Greig

Directed by Ramin Gray; Composer John Browne; Choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies

10 March – 1 April – The Theatre

This spring the Royal Exchange Theatre sees one of the world’s oldest dramas play out on its unique stage.

THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN by Aeschylus, in a new version by the multi award-winning writer David Greig, is an extraordinary theatrical event featuring, at its heart, a chorus of forty women and men from across Greater Manchester arguing for their lives.

Reimagined for the Exchange by director Ramin Gray (Artistic Director of the Actors Touring Company) this production has been beautifully reworked for this in-the-round space and, following its original critically-acclaimed production in 2016, is remade for and with the people of Greater Manchester.

Written 2,500 years ago THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN has startling resonance for 2017, reflecting major issues of contemporary society.

Suppliant means ‘asylum seeker’ and the play explores issues of migration and democracy, gender politics and political power.

The Royal Exchange Theatre, Actors Touring Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh present THE SUPPLIANT WOMEN from 10 March – 1 April.

A group of women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean.

They are escaping forced marriage in their homeland, hoping for protection and assistance, seeking asylum in Greece.

The forty-strong Chorus is a diverse mix of talented and passionate volunteers from across Greater Manchester who have been working with the company to create the power and energy of a Greek chorus.

They perform alongside Oscar BatterhamOmar Ebrahim and Gemma May Rees.

The production features new music by composer John Browne who has used the ancient Greek instrument the aulos (likely to have been used in the original production 2,500 years ago) to create a beautiful and unique sound for the production, clashing ancient sounds with contemporary composition for a 2017 chorus and audience.

David Greig is The Royal Lyceum’s Artistic Director as well as an acclaimed and award-winning playwright. His plays have been performed across the UK, as well as produced and toured around the world. Plays include THE LORAX (The Old Vic); THE EVENTS (Traverse, Scotland and Young Vic); THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (Tron, National Theatre of Scotland); MIDSUMMER (Traverse, Soho, and Tricycle); DUNSINANE (RSC at Hampstead and National Theatre of Scotland); and the book for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THE MUSICAL, which opened in the West End in 2013.

Ramin Gray is Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company. He returns to the Royal Exchange following his role as a Judge on the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. He has worked in many of the UK’s most notable theatres, including the Liverpool Playhouse, Royal Shakespeare Company and Hampstead Theatre. He is a passionate advocate of new plays, having directed over fifteen world or British premieres – including Simon Stephens’ MOTORTOWN and Mark Ravenhill’s OVER THERE – at the Royal Court, where he was International Associate before becoming Associate Director. He has directed all of ATC’s productions since 2011.

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