THE PLAY | BAME Medea (Oxford University BAME Drama Society

In May 2018 the Oxford University Drama Society performed a modern adaptation of Euripides' tragedy Medea with an all BAME cast and crew. “You think that I might be a witch? That I might be a strange, dangerous monster? Because I wasn’t born here and because I am a woman.” Set in a dystopian world, Jason has abandoned his wife, Medea, and their two children. He is remarrying the princess of the land, with the hope that this partnership will bring him security and prosperity. Medea, a barbarian and now left alone, is seen as a menace to the law and is threatened with banishment. After pleading for mercy, Medea is allowed one day before she must leave, during which she plans to complete her dark and disturbing quest for "justice”. Medea is not just a play about fidelity, family and revenge, but an inquiry into the psyche of those most marginalised by society. It is an exploration of the themes of identity and belonging, the politics of power and femininity, and a psychological examination of how anyone can be sufficiently inflamed by insult, loss and the threat of isolation to harm the people they most love. Featuring a BAME cast and crew, Oxford BAME Drama Society presents a modern adaptation of Euripides’ Tragedy, combining music with movement and spoken word to transform Robin Robertson’s translation into a celebration of culture and exploration of identity. Based on Robin Robertson’s translation Adapted by Francesca Amewudah-Rivers

Music featured:

Ibeyi - No Man Is Big Enough For My Arms

Nina Simone - I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

Kendrick Lamar - How Much A Dollar Cost

Kanye West - Monster Fugees - Ready or Not

Enya - Boadicea

Stormzy - Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2

Dos Santos, V., 'Oxford’s students are diversifying their theatre scene', gal-dem (2018)

Andújar, R., 'Play Review - Khameleon Productions’ Medea: Oxford’s first BAME play', Didaskalia: The Journal for Ancient Performance, 14(1). (2018)