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This Restless House, Part Two: The Bough Breaks

Full-Length Play, Drama  /  8f, 8m

Zinnie Harris

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THIS RESTLESS HOUSE

By Zinnie Harris

Based on Aeschylus’ Oresteia

This Restless House, Part Two: The Bough Breaks

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    8f, 8m
  • Duration
    Duration
    75 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

Included in the volume This Restless House, Pts. Two & Three: The Bough Breaks / Electra and Her Shadow

Aeschylus’ Oresteia opens with Agamemnon sacrificing his daughter to the gods; an act which sets in motion a bloody cycle of revenge and counter-revenge. When he in turn is killed at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, their son Orestes takes up the mantle of avenging his father, continuing the bloodshed until peace is ultimately found in the rule of law.

Zinnie Harris reimagines this ancient drama, using a contemporary sensibility to rework the stories, placing the women in the centre. Orestes’ leading role is replaced by his sister Electra, who as a young child witnesses her father’s murder and is compelled to take justice into her own hands until she too must flee the Furies.

The three plays that comprise This Restless House can be performed on their own or as part of a continuous evening. Part one being Agamemnon’s Return plays on its own, then parts two and three The Bough Breaks and Electra And Her Shadow play as different parts of the same evening.

History
This Restless House first performed at the Citizens Theatre in May 2016.
BUTCHER
A SERVING WOMAN CALLED CELIA
CLYTEMNESTRA
ELECTRA
AEGISTHUS
A DOCTOR
ORESTES
AGAMEMNON
AUDREY
JORDAN
MICHAEL
MEGAN
IAN
OWEN
IPHIGENIA
CHORUS
  • Time Period Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration 75 Minutes

Media

“A production of depth, ambition and creepy power.” – The Guardian

“Harris writes in a rich, pungent, modern vernacular...” – The Telegraph

“Breathtaking. Powerful. Trailblazing.” – Scotsman

“Most fearless of reinventions.” – Glasgow Herald

“Although Harris is largely faithful to Aeschylus' narrative line, she innovates brilliantly.” – Daily Telegraph

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