Sherman Cymru

Iphigenia In Splott - Edinburgh


24 Aug 2015 - 30 Aug 2015
King Dome, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh
0131 556 6550


£13 (£15, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Concessions: £2 off

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King Dome,
The Pleasance Dome,
0131 556 6550

By Gary Owen
Director Rachel O'Riordan
Designer Hayley Grindle
Lighting Designer Rachel Mortimer
Sound Designer Sam Jones
Sophie Melville as Effie

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"What gets me through is knowing I took this pain, and saved all of you from suffering the same."

Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it.

Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - till one night gives her the chance to be something more. Effie will break your heart.

Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Gary Owen's powerful drama drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings.

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"By any measure going, this is perfect theatre: intelligent, moving, and horribly, horribly relevant."

* * * * * The Guardian

"Owen's excellent script – razor-sharp, witty and full of emotion, it's the work of a writer who has his pulse firmly on the mood of the world around him... Director Rachel O'Riordan plays her part perfectly too with an extremely assured command of cast and crew."

"Melville's performance is a cocktail of passion, emotion and utter fearlessness."

* * * * * The Public Reviews

"A striking performance, Sophie Melville as Effie captivates the audience from the second she enters the stage... it's a show you’ll want to tell everyone you saw first."

* * * * Buzz Magazine

"Iphigenia in Splott is a shocking, powerful and moving play, a masterpiece of post-recession theatre; state-of-the-nation told via the state of an individual."

Tom Cat in the Red Room

"Sophie Melville is phenomenal as the volatile Effie."

* * * * The Western Mail

"Rachel O'Riordan's production does not put a foot wrong ... This is a furious piece of theatre-making; it is an accusation, an assault, a call to action – essential."

★★★★★ The Stage

"Owen's play is brought to brawling life in Rachel O'Riordan's ferocious production ... A stunning Sophie Melville strides through the littered striplights."

★★★★★ The Herald

"It is quite something that, having seen over 100 shows during 2½ weeks in Edinburgh, the outstanding performance should come in the very last ... By the end of a gripping 70 minutes, it is hard to hold back tears ... on witnessing a bad girl come of age in a superbly paced and structured monologue given magnificent heart and soul by Sophie Melville."

★★★★★ British Theatre Guide

"The writing is fast, sharp and completely gripping ... it leaves the audience feeling as if it’s seen a 75-minute film, rolled out inside our minds. The intensity of the experience, though, owes as much to Rachel O’Riordan’s flawless production, as to the text."

★★★★ The Scotsman

Cast & Team

By Gary Owen

Director Rachel O'Riordan

Designer Hayley Grindle

Lighting Designer Rachel Mortimer

Sound Designer Sam Jones

Sophie Melville as Effie

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