The Complex: Electra

Enter Electra, a sixteen year old girl whose father is dead, whose mother is already sleeping with another man, and who insists on living outside, segregated from her family, come rain or shine. Naturally, the story behind Electra and her family is a physical portrayal of the Freudian ideal and the action that mimics the Freudian complex.

I was impressed by the piece; the acting was thoughtful and realistic, which was an achievement in itself given the rather ridiculous nature of the story. Special mention should go to the actor playing Electra whose performance was of a constant high standard throughout.

The main issue of this production was that the company did not fully take advantage of the idea behind the Electra complex itself. There was no sub-plot, nothing to fill out the play. Instead, the complex was simply presented in its most basic form - if this is what Terrible Edgar set out to do then they succeeded. Unfortunately, as a piece of theatre this performance needed that little bit extra to create a really thought-provoking piece that the talented company were obviously more than capable of handling.,p>All in all the play is certainly worth seeing, as it is well presented and well performed. It’s just a shame the company did not push themselves that little bit further to create a piece of theatre that the audience would be thinking about for days later.

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The Blurb

Electra’s daddy’s been killed. Her mummy’s f*cking the murderer. At night she dreams of blades and flesh, but come dawn she’s a little girl. Until something inside starts to change. Sometimes revenge is a sexual awakening...

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