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Blueprint Medea - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE world premiere of playwright and director Julia Pascal’s award-winning Blueprint Medea runs at the Finborough Theatre for a three week limited season from Tuesday, May 21 to Saturday, June 8, 2019.

If I am a virgin. If the enemy catch me. You know what they will do…

Kurdish freedom fighter Medea escapes the Turkish military and arrives at UK Border Control on a forged passport. Slipping through immigration, Medea discovers how to exist on the margins of London life. Working illegally as a cleaner in a gym, she meets Jason-Mohammed, the son of Iraqi immigrants. Their attraction results in the birth of twin boys. Medea believes that she has finally found a new home, a new family and a new life.

But when Jason-Mohammed’s father decides that his son must marry Glauke, an Iraqi cousin, Medea realises that she will lose both her sons and her safe haven in the UK. As her whole world falls apart, she is forced to accept that she has nothing to lose by revenging herself – destroying the lives of those who have betrayed her and keeping her sons’ spirits with her forever…

Based on interviews with Kurdish fighters living in the UK, and written and directed by the first woman ever to direct at the National Theatre, Blueprint Medea is an award-winning new drama, loosely inspired by Euripides’ Medea, which connects the classical to the contemporary to explore eternal questions of passion, war, cultural identity, women’s freedom, sex, family and love.

The cast includes Tiran Aakel (as UK Border Guard, Bakhtiah, Homeless Man, Sahir), Ruth d’Silva (Medea), Shaniaz Hama Ali (Glauke, Military Trainer), Amanda Maud (Suzy, Teacher, Eidya) and Max Rinehart (Jason).

Presented by Pascal Theatre Company in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Blueprint Medea has set and lighting design by Kati Hind and music and sound by James Peter Moffatt.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 357851 (calls are free but there is a 5% booking fee) or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.

Read more about the Finborough Theatre’s May to August 2019 Season. David Gilmore is currently directing St John Ervine’s 1913 drama Jane Clegg at the Finborough (April 23 to May 18, 2019).