The Greeks have been very present in theatre over the current month with Ivo van Hove’s The Age of Rage at the Barbican and Beth Steele’s Greek inspired family drama, The House of Shades at the Almeida. Another retelling of familiar stories arrives this week at the Kiln with Irish writer Marina Carr’s adaptation of the legend of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. Agamemnon, you may recall, sacrificed his daughter in order to get the fair wind he needed to set sail for war. His wife, Clytemnestra lived for 10 long years while her husband was away fighting the Trojans, and on his return she slaughtered him. That’s often seen as an act of revenge with Clytemnestra cast as the villain, but Carr interrogates that notion and asks what actions do we consider forgivable and what can never be forgiven?
Clytemnestra’s world is torn apart when her husband, Agamemnon, sacrifices their daughter for the sake of war. Ten years on from this unthinkable tragedy, the couple are reunited. What follows is a dangerous battle of love, grief and power. Marina Carr’s (Blood Wedding, By the Bog of Cats) new adaptation of the infamous Greek myth brings Clytemnestra’s story to the forefront and asks is it possible to forgive the unforgiveable? Age Recommendation: 14+