Venue: The Rose Playhouse , Bankside (56 Park Street, London SE1 9AR)
Dates: 16th June – 4th July 2015, Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm only
Tickets: £ 12 (£ 10 Concessions)) Website: www.roseplayhouse.org.uk
Twitter: @RoseTheatreSE1, @PamelaSchermann www.PamelaShermann.com
A masterful play about loyalty, sacrifice and the power of the female voice.
Director Pamela Schermann, whose productions atThe Rose Playhouse include The Taming of the Shrew, Orpheus and Eurydice and Othello, directs (Hon) Artistic Associate of The Rose, Suzanne Marie, in a newproduction of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Iphigenia in Tauris. The play, which is based on the Greek tragedy by Euripides, tells the storyof Iphigenia and the curse of the Tantalid family. The daughter ofAgamemnon is in exile in Tauris, where she serves as priestess in thetemple of Diana. Longing to return to her home country, she needs tomake a crucial decision when her brother Orestes and his friend Pyladesarrive at the island.
The play examines how ideals can be corrupted and how a woman tornbetween hesitance and action can overcome discord. “Iphigenia findsherself in the middle of four powerful forces – similar to the fourelements fire, water, earth and air, which served as my inspiration“, saysSchermann. “King Thoas asks her to become his wife, and Arkassupports the suit of his king by reminding her of the duties she owes tothe man who gave her shelter on Tauris. Iphigenia’s brother Orestes andhis friend Pylades require her help to escape from Tauris. Each forcefights for their cause, which they believe is the only right way. But Iphigenia realises that this conflict as well as her family curse can onlybe solved if people have the courage to tell the truth, rather than fightingand deceiving each other. The Theory of the Balance between theElements is part of many religions and cultures, and I think it can also serve as a universal message: Every human being is different in theirnature, culture and beliefs, but the world will only continue to exist ifwe find a way to live together peacefully despite our different positionsand demands.“
CAST Suzanne Marie, Ben Hale, James Barnes, Andrew Strafford-Baker and Alec Bennie.
CREATIVES AND TEAM Pamela Schermann (director), AnnegretMärten (dramaturge), Gillian Steventon (costume designer), Petr Vocka(lighting designer), Philip Matejtschuk (sound designer), Theresa Schwarzkopf (Stage manager), Armi Utriainen (production assistant).
PRODUCER The Rose Playhouse
Praise for Pamela Schermann’s previous productions at The Rose Playhouse:
★★★★★ “Othello has always been a good play, but whatSchermann has brought to this production is
clearly evident – a fresh vision to a familiar tale, withfresh insights to boot.” (Female Arts)
★★★★★ “A marvellous re-imagining… It should be a shoe in for a transfer to the West End where I will
happily be queuing to see it again.“ (London Theatre One)
“I loved Pamela Schermann’s latest adaptation of Othello. This was theatre stripped back to its essence, and it works wonderfully. Thoroughly recommended.” (Southwark News)
The Rose Playhouse The indoor archaeological site hosts award-winning productions and tells the visitors much about its life between 1587 and 1605. Since its re-discovery in 1989, the site of Bankside’s first theatre has inspired artists and audiences alike just as it did over 400 years ago. The viewing platform above the partially excavated site serves not only as the stage area for the performances, but also allows the visitors to look down at the site, where red rope lights indicate the archaeology of the historic Rose Playhouse below. The ruins are currently hidden under a layer of sand and water, which helps conserve them. After being awarded a Development Grant fromThe Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012, plans are underway to fully excavate the site and put it on permanent display.
“A unique theatrical experience” (What’s On Stage)