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Best play ever? pt4: Medea (Ninagawa 1986)

Annette's friend Sue gave me a ticket for this as she couldn't make it - it is probably the best play I have ever seen.

Deeply rooted in noh and kabuki with incredible masks and intricate choral work, the all-male production featured perhaps the most outrageously histrionic performance ever in the title role. It was utterly breathtaking.

Check out the final scene here with the greatest (literal) deus ex machina you'll ever see!

Back in those days, standing ovations were very rare indeed, but here the audience stood as one while the lead actor (I wish I could remember his name) staggered with exhaustion and wept copious theatrical tears while accepting the applause. He had given us his soul.

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