Oresteia: This Restless House
  • Edinburgh International Festival

A fathers horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. The curse that has gripped the family for generations looks as if it will never end as the ghosts of the past continue to haunt and torment the survivors.

Award-winning playwright Zinnie Harris reimagines Aeschyluss 2,500-year-old drama Oresteia. In this blistering new version Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, Orestes and Electra are a dysfunctional family of today, coping with the huge emotions and dark consequences of their deeds.

Staged last year at Glasgows Citizens Theatre, Oresteia: This Restless House drew enormous praise for its breathtaking power and its visceral staging, winning Best New Play at the Critics's Awards for Theatre in Scotland and receiving a nomination for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards. Celebrated internationally for plays including Further Than the Furthest Thing and The Wheel, Harris devises rich, pungent writing to capture both the gothic horror and the heartbreaking passions at the core of this ancient Greek tragedy. Oresteia: This Restless House is at once a trailblazing updating and a compelling, brutal soap opera, exposing the fragility of a familys bonds.

Pauline Knowles was awarded a best actress award from the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland for her role as the vengeful Clytemnestra and leads a powerful cast. Acclaimed theatre-maker Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of Glasgows Citizens Theatre, directs this production with a score of splintered piano and percussion by Nikola Kodjabashia performed live on stage by the cast and composer.

This is one of three productions by celebrated playwright Zinnie Harris in this years International Festival.

Breathtaking... powerful... trailblazing

The Scotsman

A production of depth, ambition and creepy power

The Guardian

Contains violence, nudity, stronglanguage and strobe lighting