Runtime: 1h 15m
Gary Owen’s blistering modern classic, Iphigenia in Splott, returns with Sophie Melville reprising her role as the bruised and bruising Effie, a young woman drifting through aimless days and alcohol fuelled nights full of self-loathing disguised as a don’t give a shit swagger. But then she meets Lee, a soldier she recognizes as one of the walking wounded like herself. In Greek myth Iphigenia is the daughter of Agamemnon, sacrificed for her country so the fleet can get a fair wind to Troy. You will see the parallels in this richly rewarding and utterly devasting monodrama. It’s seven years since it premiered in Cardiff before transferring to the NT. It felt painfully pertinent then. Now it should feel like a call to action that can’t be ignored.
Stumbling down the street drunk at 11.30am Effie is the kind of girl you avoid making eye contact with. You think you know her, but maybe you don’t know half of it. Effie’s life is a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Gary Owen’s critically acclaimed and powerful monodrama inspired by the Greek myth opens at the Lyric this September after a smash-hit season at the Sherman Theatre in Wales and later the National Theatre. Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs Sophie Melville, who reprises her role as ‘Effie’ after winning The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress. Age Recommendation: 15+ Content warning: This production contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.