House of Atreus


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This adaptation of 'The Libation Bearers' by Aeschylus uses physical performance, mask work and stylised movement to illustrate how the themes are just as relevant today as they were in 458 BC.

Film producer Aoife Madden has assembled an all-female team with director Kaitlin Argeaux, movement director Justyna Ziarek, dramaturge Ozlem Ozhabes and stage manager Jo Bunnell.

The House of Atreus is rotting under the weight of atrocities committed by the family. Orestes has arrived home to avenge his father's murder and reverse the curse of his ancestors. But can he justify killing his mother? Even in the name of God?

It's 2012 and Orestes, the last son of the Atreus dynasty, arrives home with revenge in his heart. According to God, he must now kill his mother in order to avenge his father's death and reverse the curse on his house.

Along the way he meets his sister Electra who has been praying for his return. Orestes is torn between obligation to his religion and family and his individual morals. When he finally confronts his mother in the flesh, will he be able to shed her blood? Will he end the curse of the House of Atreus? What are the consequences of such an atrocious act as matricide?

  • Tue-Sat 7.30pm; Sun 4pm
  • £12 (conc £10)


Waterloo East Theatre
Brad Street, London, SE1 8TG
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Box office: 020 7928 0060


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