12:45, Fri 4th – Sat 12th August 2023 at Willow Studio, Riddle's Court @ Greenside
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"By dread things I am compelled. I know it. I feel it. I sense the trap closing and I see what I am."
Seven years after the Trojan War and the bloody coup for the throne that led to Agamemnon's assassination, the kingdom of Mycenae holds its breath as the new queen and her lover enslave Agamemnon's remaining children as captives: Among them, his youngest daughter Electra, who has called on her long-lost brother to swear revenge for her father. But doubt hangs thick in the air; Electra will be killed that night, and her brother might never come. Time is running out.
Famously adapted by the three great Greek tragedians, Irisa Kwok slices open this ancient parable to reveal a cycle of generation trauma that stems from the injustices of imperial conquest, and violence on the queer body; filth teaches filth, blood begets blood and to be mortal is to eschew the intervention of the divine. All we know is this: The House of Atreus is cursed; the gods have set the stage for its fall. One house, one family, one day. What does it take to reveal the brutal limits of human vengeance?