8 - 24 October 2015
THE BACCHAE is an epic performance event, featuring an ensemble of young female performers and musicians.
Following the success of ‘On The Bodily Education of Young Girls’ (MTC Neon) in 2013, Fraught Outfit and St Martins return with a sublime music led work inspired by Euripides’ tragic drama. In this contemporary Dionysian ritual, notions of chaos, order, worship and sacrifice become brilliantly urgent through the eyes of young girls.
“It’s not exactly news that the adolescent female body is sexualised in popular culture and that young women are treated as objects rather than subjects. It’s deeply unsettling to witness evidence that these same young women are highly aware of this, though. Rather than protesting that objectification, they here produce a nightmarish burlesque that amplifies it to an excruciating point.”
“It’s a big ‘Take that!’ to the male gaze, as is this modern response to the play, performed by a troupe of teenage girls. Adena Jacobs and Aaron Orzech lead these young performers into the fever-dreams of the women on the mountain (largely related in Euripides by men) in a strange commingling of the mythic and the mundane that transgresses every kind of expectation of what girls are or might or should be.”
CAMERON WOODHEAD, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
"Jacobs is one of the hot new talents of Australian theatre – her work austerely intelligent and elegant, generating a potent emotional force."
ALISON CROGGON, THE GUARDIAN
Concession & Under 30s $35
Groups 8+ $40
70 minutes no interval
Strobe Lighting | Smoke Effects | Simulated Sex Scenes | Violence
Written and Created by
ADENA JACOBS, AARON ORZECH
MEMBERS OF THE ST MARTINS TEEN ENSEMBLE