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Electra by Sophocles in a version by Frank McGuinness directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace

Date: 16 December 2017
Time: 19:00 - 20:30

LSBU Southwark Campus - Edric Theatre, Student Centre

Organiser: LSBU Student Theatre Company
Contact details: 0207 815 8398,
Price: £9/£6

LSBU's Student Theatre Company works with directors to stage full-length productions of major works. This years Autumn/Winter season concludes with with Sophocles' Electra

Locked into a bloody cycle of murder and reprisal, Electra, haunted by her father's assassination, is consumed by grief and a thirst for vengeance. When her brother Orestes at last returns, she urges him to a savage and horrifying conclusion.

Frank McGuinness's charged adaptation of Sophocles' powerful tragedy was first performed at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1997, and was revived at the Old Vic, London, in 2014. LSBU Student Theatre Company brings it back to London with vivid colour and a choral voice.

This version of Electra was commissioned by the Donmar Warehouse and first performed at the Minerva Theatre on 10th September 1997 in a co-production with Duncan C. Weldon for Chichester Festival Theatre.

Directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace

Lucy trained at BOVTS. The UK premiere production of The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney for Nottingham Playhouse 2005 earned her a TMA Best Director nomination.

Lucy runs Three Legged Company. Her productions including Dossier: Ronald Akkerman (Gate), A Special Relationship (coproduction with York Theatre Royal UK tour including Traverse) and The Kingdom (A TLTC commission, Upstairs Soho Theatre).

Directing credits: Eastward Ho! (part of RSC Swan Season – Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement 2003) reviving The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (RSC Sadler’s Wells); Still Life, Unsecured (National platforms) and Waiting for Godot with Kathryn Hunter (National Studio).  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Blue Room (York Theatre Royal);Custer’s Last Stand, Indian Ink, The Importance of Being Earnest, Woman of No Importance and Way Upstream (Salisbury Playhouse); Tis Pity and The Cherry Orchard (RADA); The Duchess of Malfi; As You Like It; Les Liaisons (New Vic Stoke); Macbeth, MSND and Romeo & Juliet (UK tours).

Her most recent productions included Jane Eyre (BOVTS at Bristol Old Vic), She Stoops and Joking Apart (Nottingham Playhouse), Mary Stuart and Much Ado (Malmö Sweden), Elektra (Lund Sweden) and Pygmalion (Uppsala Sweden). Her Cyrano played at Grosvenor Park in Chester, and The Shawshank Redemption starring Omid Djalili was the hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is working with Stella Duffy on her new play The Matilda Effect and with Paul Dogdson on Tattoo Fixers The Musical.

First performance – 15 December

Electra will play over two days, your first chance to catch the performance is Friday 15 December.

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