PREMIERED AUGUST 2014
★★★★½ "This is what theatre should be - powerful, dangerous, beautiful" HARRIET CUNNINGHAM - SUN HERALD
How does a human being go on living after the unimaginable?
A plague has stricken the city, and King Oedipus believes he is the cause. He lives out the remainder of his days as a blind man, shamed and in exile.
In the intimacy of the Downstairs Theatre, Adena Jacobs‘ Oedipus Rex is a lament and a powerful expression of tragedy for a modern audience – an invitation to bear witness to a man, who was once a king, now reconstructing the pieces.
director: Adena Jacobs
designer and dramaturgue: Paul Jackson
composer and sound designer: Max Lyandvert
design associate: Emma Kingsbury
director's attachement: Robert Johnson
stage manager: Elizabeth Rogers
performed and devised by Peter Carroll and Andrea Demetriades
"There is not a moment in this production that does not resonate richly for those who know the original work. The final scenes — in which Jacobs brings together brilliantly all the elements of her finely crafted production, and lets the tragedy of it all simply wind back down into life — are profoundly moving." JOHN MCCALLUM - THE AUSTRALIAN
"Carroll offers a gripping and bravely vulnerable performance" JOHN SHAND - THE AGE
★★★★ TIME OUT
Helpmann Nomination: Best Actor (Peter Carroll)
Photography by Pia Johnson
Trailer by Marty Jamieson