A new exploration of the Bacchae myths, steeped in ritual and rebellion. An all female & non-binary cast of both professional actors and current MUST emerging performers, tells stories of women and cults who have challenged the patriarchal status quo throughout history. This fierce retelling, inspired by Richard Schechner’s Dionysus in ‘69, weaves in classic and pop culture references from Greek gods to Pussy Riot – this is far from the original Euripides!
The Bacchae takes the women out of the mountains and onto centre stage – now they finally tell their own story. Robert Reid gives their ancient tale new life, exploring rebellion across culture and time, from eighteenth century France to the Vietnam War. By using Schechner’s rehearsal room as an anchor, The Bacchae finds itself at home in 1960s America. The politics, fears, and hopes of the time are interwoven with iconic musical selections of the era. The large, multi-generation ensemble moves seamlessly through song, speech, and physical theatre. Together they create a collective voice of resistance that spans a four-hour experience delivered in two parts across two weeks or the complete cycle on the weekends. From Aeschylus to The Manson Family, The Bacchae truly is a modern epic. Join the Cult.
Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST), an “impressive breeding ground for talent in recent years” (The Music) is a department of the Monash Student Association led by professional theatre makers. They create vibrant, innovative performances by and with Monash students, for everybody. Works are diverse, ranging from devised pieces to bold adaptations, from large-scale immersive work and festivals to intimate experiments. They’ve staged works at the Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe, winning the Melbourne Fringe Live Art Award, and collaborated with Theatre Works, fortyfivedownstairs and La Mama.
July 10 – 21
BOOKINGS 03 9347 6948 or www.lamama.com.au