Following the major success of its first run Sherman Cymru are extremely proud to announce the return of Iphigenia In Splott this September.
"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.
Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Gary Owen's powerful drama drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings.
N.B. Please note that due to a strike action, there will be no bus service on Wednesday 2 September and Saturday 5 September. See www.cardiffbus.com for more information.
"By any measure going, this is perfect theatre: intelligent, moving, and horribly, horribly relevant." ***** The Guardian [Link]
"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
"Melville's performance is a cocktail of passion, emotion and utter fearlessness." ***** The Public Reviews
"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
"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
"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
By Gary Owen
Director Rachel O'Riordan
Designer Hayley Grindle
Lighting Designer Rachel Mortimer
Sound Designer Sam Jones
Sophie Melville as Effie