Seneca’s Oedipus

adapted by Ted Hughes

“Thirty years on from the original National Theatre production, Ted Hughes’ thrilling version of Seneca’s Oedipus has lost none of its power to shock and disturb.
Using a dramatic verse of characteristic richness and intensity, this unique re-telling of the Oedipus myth will be Artistic Director John Durnin’s final production for the Northcott.”

Northcott Theatre, Exeter.
Performances 26th March – 11th April 1998
Lighting Design : Jon Primrose
Set Design & Direction : John Durnin

Notes:
A really pleasing result here. My first really stylised design, a good communication with the set designer/director enabled me to establish the look of the show early on, and work through the rehearsal process with it in mind. The more stylised moments in the piece were highlighted with strong beams, while real firelight provided a beautiful earthy quality. The chorus were sharply crosslit on the climbing poles upstage of the set. A hazer was used throughout the show, and for about 30 minutes before the show started to ensure the atmosphere was thick with haze.

CAST

Oedipus  RICHARD WILLS COTTON
Jocasta / Chorus  JACQUELINE DUTOIT
Creon / Phorbas / Chorus  SEAN HANNAWAY
Tiresius / Messenger / Chorus  MICHAEL VAUGHAN
Manto / Slave / Chorus  CHARLOTTE McDOUGALL

PRODUCTION

Director and Designer JOHN DURNIN
Lighting Designer JON PRIMROSE
Movement Director  CHARLOTTE CONQUEST
ASM on the Book  KATHY CHADWICK