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CAST ANNOUNCED FOR RETURN OF EPIC GREEK DRAMA ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE

CAST ANNOUNCED FOR RETURN OF EPIC GREEK DRAMA ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE

A Citizens Theatre production in association with the National Theatre of Scotland
ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE
By Zinnie Harris
Directed by Dominic Hill

Tue 15 Aug – Thu 18 Aug 2017, Citizens Theatre
Tue 22 – Sun 27 Aug 2017, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Thu 31 Aug – Sat 9 Sep 2017, Citizens Theatre

PRESS PERFORMANCES
Wed 23 Aug 6pm, Edinburgh International Festival at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Thu 31 Aug 6pm, Citizens Theatre

A cast of familiar faces return to the stage in an Edinburgh International Festival revival of the 2016 critically acclaimed Oresteia: This Restless House which will also play at the Citizens Theatre this autumn.

Many of the original 2016 cast have been reassembled, including Pauline Knowles, reprising her Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland Best Female Performance award-winning role of Clytemnestra and George Anton (Paul Bright’s Confession of a Justified Sinner, Untitled Projects/National Theatre of Scotland; The Last Witch, Traverse Theatre/Edinburgh International Festival directed by Dominic Hill) as her husband Agamemnon.

Their children Orestes and Electra will once again be played by Lorn Macdonald who appeared at the Citizens Theatre as Renton in the recent production of Trainspotting and Olivia Morgan, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts who has performed in productions by West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Almeida Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. 

Also returning are George Costigan (Crime and Punishment and King Lear at the Citizens Theatre), Keith Fleming (Vanya and Miss Julie at the Citizens Theatre and Peer Gynt in the National Theatre of Scotland and Dundee Rep production directed by Dominic Hill) and Itxaso Moreno (various National Theatre of Great Britain productions, and appearances with Scottish theatre companies Fire Exit, Grid Iron and Vanishing Point amongst others).

The cast are joined by Peter Collins (Hansel & Gretel and Rapunzel at the Citizens Theatre), John O’Mahony (Hansel & Gretel and A Christmas Carol at the Citizens Theatre) and Kirsty Stuart (Fever Dream: Southside at the Citizens Theatre).

The 2016 creative team have also been reassembled, many of whom work regularly with Dominic Hill to realise the distinctive theatrical style he has brought to his productions at the Citizens since his appointment in 2011. The team is comprised of Nikola Kodjabashia, composer on Citizens’ productions Hansel & Gretel, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet and Crime and Punishment; Colin Richmond, Designer on Crime and Punishment and Doctor Faustus at the Citizens Theatre and Lighting Designer Ben Ormerod who has previously worked with Dominic Hill on his 2012 production of King Lear and his 2014 production of Hamlet. Movement Director EJ Boyle, Fight Director EmmaClaire Brightlyn and Assistant Director Jack Nurse complete the creative team.

Oresteia: This Restless House is one of three works by award-winning writer Zinnie Harris which will be presented at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival. Harris has previously worked with Dominic Hill in her adaptation of Miss Julie, presented at the Citizens Theatre in 2014, and Fall in 2008 for the Traverse Theatre. Harris was awarded Best New Play at the 2016 CATS for Oresteia: This Restless House, with the play also receiving nominations for Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards, and for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the international prize celebrating English language plays by women. The production has been selected as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017. 2017 is the first year that the Showcase includes performances part of the Edinburgh International Festival, with Oresteia: This Restless House selected alongside a production by Forced Entertainment.

Dominic Hill’s production of Harris’ Oresteia: This Restless House epitomises the bold and ambitious vision that he has brought to the Citizens Theatre. When first performed in 2016, the production won great critical acclaim, receiving five star reviews from The Guardian and The Scotsman and nominations in five categories at the 2016 CATS awards.

Oresteia: This Restless House previews at the Citizens Theatre from Tuesday 15 August – Thursday 18 August, then transfers to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh to preview on Tuesday 22 August. The production opens to press at the Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday 23 August, playing until Sunday 27 August. The production then returns to the Citizens Theatre from Thursday 31 August – Saturday 9 September.

Tickets for performance at Citizens Theatre available from 0141 429 0022 | citz.co.uk
Tickets for Edinburgh International Theatre available from 0131 473 2000 | eif.co.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT THIS RESTLESS HOUSE

Zinnie Harris’ compelling drama about three women who are forced to confront the consequences of their violent acts returns in 2017 to the Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival.

A father’s horrifying sacrifice of his daughter sets in motion a cycle of bloody revenge. Murder and madness ensue, testing the loyalties of his remaining children and propelling them to the edge of reason. Oresteia is an exhilarating and contemporary take on an ancient Greek drama.

Premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 2016 as a trilogy of plays, it is now presented as one epic theatrical event.

Tickets are on sale now and are available by calling the Citizens Theatre Box Office on 0141 429 0022 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday, or by visiting the Citizens’ website citz.co.uk

CITIZENS THEATRE AT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

The Citizens Theatre last appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival during the theatre’s 70th anniversary year in 2015 with David Greig’s stage adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s cult Scottish novel Lanark, directed by Graham Eatough.

This marked the Citizens’ first return to EIF in seventeen years, having last appeared in the 1998 Festival with an adaptation by Philip Prowse of Schiller’s The Robbers, at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.


PRESS PERFORMANCES
Wed 23 Aug 6pm, Edinburgh International Festival at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Thu 31 Aug 6pm, Citizens Theatre

For more information, interviews and images, or to request tickets, please contact Louise Dingwall, Marketing & Press Officer .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 0141 418 6232. 2016 Production images are available to download from the Citizens Theatre flickr feed flickr.com/citizenstheatre

LISTINGS

A Citizens Theatre production in association with the National Theatre of Scotland
ORESTEIA: THIS RESTLESS HOUSE
By Zinnie Harris
Directed by Dominic Hill

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Tue 22 – Sun 27 Aug 2017
All performances at 6pm
Captioned: Sat 26 August, 6pm
Audio Described & BSL Signed: Sun 27 August, 6pm
Tickets: £10 - £32 (booking fees apply)
Concessions available
Box Office: 0131 473 2000 / eif.co.uk

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Tue 15 – Thu 17 Aug and Thu 31 Aug – Sat 9 Sep
Tue – Fri performances at 6pm
Sat performances at 2pm
Previews: Tue 15, Wed 16 & Thu 17 August, 6pm
Audio Described & Captioned: Sat 2 Sep, 2pm
Tickets:
Previews £10
£20 - £30 (booking fees apply)
Concessions available
Box Office: 0141 429 0022 / citz.co.uk

CREATIVE TEAM & CAST
Writer Zinnie Harris
Director Dominic Hill
Designer Colin Richmond
Lighting Ben Ormerod
Music Nikola Kodjabashia
Movement EJ Boyle
Fight Director EmmaClaire Brightlyn
Asst. Director Jack Nurse

CAST
George Anton, Peter Collins, George Costigan, Keith Fleming, Pauline Knowles, Lorn MacDonald, Itxaso Moreno, Olivia Morgan, John O’Mahony, Kirsty Stuart