Sherman Cymru is delighted that Gary Owen's powerful one-woman play, Iphigenia in Splott has been selected to feature in the British Council Showcase at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.
Iphigenia in Splott is one of three Welsh companies chosen by the British Council to showcase the exceptional ork produced in Wales.
The production has clearly captured audience's imaginations and has proved so popular in Cardiff that an additional four dates have been allocated to the run to meet demand.
Inspired by the theme of the Greek Myth, award-winning Welsh playwright Gary Owen focuses his adaptation on the impact that the welfare cuts are having on today’s society. Fusing coarse poetry with the language intrinsic to Splott, Gary Owen’s play brings to the surface the timeless issues that makes Iphigenia’s tale so enduring.
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduate, Sophie Melville, who was also the star of Sherman Cymru's Romeo & Juliet, returns to the Sherman Theatre in this commanding one-woman show, a searing indictment of life under the weight of austerity. Effie, goes through her days in a careless spiral of drink, drugs and drama.
Sherman Cymru's Artistic Director, Rachel O'Riordan said; "We are proud that this is part of the British Council Showcase in Edinburgh and we are thrilled with the response we have had to this performance so far in Wales and the fact we have extended the run here in Cardiff. This is a powerful play that explores what it is to be a young woman on the outskirts of society. Although the play is set in a suburb of Cardiff, we see young women like Effie every day across the UK. Iphigenia in Splott explores the current state of our society, communities, and the National Health Service. Particularly pertinent themes, in this, the year of a general election. Effie will break your heart."
Iphigenia in Splott is the first of two exciting new plays by Gary Owen, with the second being his Royal Court debut Violence and Son in June. Gary Owen is recognised as one of Wales' most successful contemporary playwrights, with his plays performed across the UK and internationally, including Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco. Gary Owen has produced memorable dramas such as Sherman Cymru's Amgen: Broken, Sherman Cymru and National Theatre Wales' Love Steals Us from Loneliness; Sgript Cymru's Ghost City and Paines Plough's The Drowned World. In 2010 Gary was nominated for the TMA Awards Best New Play for Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian produced by Watford Palace Theatre.
Iphigenia in Splott is the second production Artistic Director Rachel O'Riordan has directed as part of the British Council Showcase, her first being Hurricane for Ransom, which went onto have international success. Rachel O'Riordan will also be making a welcome return to the Edinburgh Fringe following her last successful production, the Traverse Theatre's Unfaithful last year.
Iphigenia in Splott opened at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff last week, the day after the General Election results. Iphigenia in Splott sparks discussion about the current state of society; the duty of care extended to all of its citizens and the current regard held for the NHS.