Presented by Adelaide Festival
THEATRE / AUSTRALIA
The Hayloft Project
Directed by Simon Stone
Originally commissioned and produced by Malthouse Theatre
When this young Australian was awarded his Olivier Award in 2017, Simon Stone was already among the handful of most sought after theatre directors in the world. This extraordinary 2010 production will show you why.
Thyestes is the most infamous of all the ancients and one that has held a dark fascination for artists from Seneca to Shakespeare to Peter Greenaway: the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him by his brother in a feast. Simon Stone’s landmark production brilliantly reimagines this chilling Greek tragedy, but there’s no swords or togas here. You won’t even hear the characters’ ancient names, and their banal banter is as hilarious as a Tarantino movie. But the violence is anything but choreographic: the psychology behind it and its human consequences are shatteringly real.
Featuring three extraordinary performances, it is perhaps the most disturbing, funny, beautiful, chilling and utterly memorable 90 minutes of Australian theatre you will ever experience.
Thyestes is rock’n’roll theatre: confronting, transgressive, uncomfortably hilarious, obscene, horrifying and beautiful. The Australian
Simon Stone’s brave and bold reimagining of Seneca’s bloody tragedy Thyestes is thrilling and astounding. The production is a masterpiece of writing, a triumph of staging, and a sublime act of performance. The Age
Originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre. Supported by The Balnaves Foundation, Andrew Cameron AM and Nelson Meers Foundation.
Image: Jamie Williams