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Thyestes

The Hayloft Project
Belvoir
Directed by Simon Stone
Written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone, Mark Winter after Seneca

Originally commissioned and produced by Malthouse Theatre

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Adelaide Premiere

  • About

    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.


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  • Credits

    Written by Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan, Simon Stone, Mark Winter after Seneca
    Directed by Simon Stone
    Originally Created by The Hayloft Project. A Malthouse Theatre commission.
    Set and Costume Designer Claude Marcos
    Composer and Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
    Lighting Designer Govin Ruben
    Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks
    With Thomas Henning, Chris Ryan and Mark Winter

    Supported by The Balnaves Foundation, Andrew Cameron AM and Nelson Meers Foundation.

    The Balnaves Foundation and Nelson Meers Foundation

    Image Jamie Williams

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