Sherman Cymru presents the world premiere of

Iphigenia In Splott



8 - 16 May, 7.30pm
18 - 21 May, 8pm
Matinee: 16 May, 2.30pm
Previews: 8 - 11 May, 7.30pm

Additional performances added due to high demand


Previews: £13
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

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By Gary Owen
Director: Rachel O'Riordan
Designer: Hayley Grindle
Lighting Designer: Rachel Mortimer
Sound Designer: Sam Jones

Sophie Melville as Effie

Running time: 1hr 15mins (no interval)

Post-show talk: 11, 14 & 19 May


Contains strong language and themes of an adult nature

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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.

Gary Owen's powerful new adaptation of the enduring Greek myth drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings.

Here's a bit more about the play from writer Gary Owen:

Iphigenia In Splott Menu

Show Times

Friday 8 May 7.30pm Preview
Saturday 9 May 7.30pm Preview
Monday 11 May 7.30pm Preview Post-show Talk
Tuesday 12 May 7.30pm
Wednesday 13 May 7.30pm
Thursday 14 May 7.30pm Post-show Talk
Saturday 16 May 2.30pm
Saturday 16 May 7.30pm
Monday 18 May 8pm Additional performance due to high demand
Tuesday 19 May 8pm Additional performance due to high demand Post-show Talk
Wednesday 20 May 8pm Additional performance due to high demand
Thursday 21 May 8pm Additional performance due to high demand


"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. There were countless moments where I found myself holding my breath, awaiting the next chapter of her story"..."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

Audience responses to Iphigenia In Splott

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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