Oresteia: This Restless House

A Citizens Theatre production in association with National Theatre of Scotland
Oresteia: This Restless House

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. With a powerful cast performing live music on stage, Oresteia is an exhilarating and contemporary take on an ancient Greek drama that has survived two and a half thousand years.

Premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 2016 as a trilogy of plays, and now presented as one epic theatrical event, Zinnie Harris' trailblazing new work was nominated for 'Best New Play' at the UK Theatre Awards in 2016, and was awarded Best New Play and Best Director at the 2016 Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland. Pauline Knowles was awarded Best Actress for her role as the vengeful Clytemnestra and leads a powerful cast.

This Restless House was originally commissioned and supported by National Theatre of Scotland.

Edinburgh International Festival

The Oresteia: This Restless House will run at Edinburgh International Festival from 22 Aug - 27 Aug for a limited run of six performances. Find out more at eif.co.uk/oresteia

2016 PRESS

“It tells stories that have significance and resonance for the largest part of the human race” Director Dominic Hill describes This Restless House to Sunday Herald.

“you have to feel that you’ve got something to bring to it, and if you don’t feel that then you’re best leaving it to the original” Writer Zinnie Harris talks about adapting a 2,500 year old story in
The Herald.

“Agamemnon is a complicated man, a state-sanctioned killer confounded by his own hubris”Actor George Anton discusses playing Agamemnon in the
Evening Times.

  • DATES
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    15 Aug6:00pm{datex-preview-gv}
    16 Aug6:00pm{datex-preview-gv}
    17 Aug6:00pm{datex-preview-gv}
    31 Aug6:00pm
    1 Sep6:00pm
    2 Sep2:00pm
    5 Sep6:00pm
    6 Sep6:00pm
    7 Sep6:00pm
    8 Sep6:00pm
    9 Sep2:00pm

  • Cast & Creative Team
    Creative Team

    Writer - Zinnie Harris 
    Director - Dominic Hill 
    Designer - Colin Richmond 
    Lighting Designer - Ben Ormerod 
    Composer - Nikola Kodjabashia 
    Movement Director - EJ Boyle 
    Fight Director - EmmaClaire Brightlyn 
    Assistant Director - Jack Nurse

    Cast

    George Anton 
    Peter Collins 
    George Costigan 
    Keith Fleming 
    Pauline Knowles 
    Lorn Macdonald 
    Olivia Morgan 
    John O'Mahony 
    Itxaso Moreno 
    Kirsty Stuart

Reviews

“Breathtaking…powerful…trailblazing”
- The Scotsman

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

“most fearless of reinventions”
- The Herald

“Hill directs with his typical intelligent inventiveness”
- Daily Telegraph

“It would be a tragedy to miss it”
- Daily Record

“Hugely powerful”
- Reviews Hub

“This cocktail of sex and politics is heady and intoxicating”
- The List

“The play’s brilliant cast successfully brings the myth and its lead figures back from the dead in all their brutality, with monumental, thrilling results."
- Plays to See

“a triumph”
- Glasgow Live

“a towering achievement of emotional intensity and theatrical ambition. The best new production this year.”
- Exeunt


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Running Time: 4hr 25min approx inc 2 intervals
Please note 6pm start time for evening performances
Main Theatre

Deaf Theatre Club for Oresteia: This Restless House will take place on 27 Aug at 6pm at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh

Oresteia: This Restless House playtext by Zinnie Harris

Includes the three plays:
Agamemnon’s Return
The Bough Breaks
Electra and Her Shadow
£6, RRP £12.99
Available for collection at Box Office

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