15 Heroines

New Drama

15 Heroines

BY FIFTEEN PLAYWRIGHTS.
DIRECTED BY ADJOA ANDOH, TOM LITTLER AND CAT ROBEY.
9 November -
22 November 2020

Overview

“Let others praise ancient times. I am glad I was born in these.”

Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason, Achilles... The island-hopping heroes of classical mythology leave a trail of women - queens, sorcerers, pioneers, poets and politicians - in their swaggering wake. Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid gave voice to those women in a series of fictional letters called The Heroines.

Now, 15 leading British playwrights draw inspiration from Ovid to dramatise the lives of 15 Heroines. This exclusive online production in partnership with Digital Theatre is filmed live in our empty theatre. Delivered by an outstanding cast in three parts - The War, The Desert and The Labyrinth - 15 Heroines is a landmark theatrical event.

The War tells the untold stories of the Trojan War - Oenone, Hermione, Laodamia, Briseis and Penelope, written by Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil.

The Desert is about women going their own way - Deianaria, Canace, Hypermestra, Dido and Sappho, written by April De Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French.

The Labyrinth is about the women who encountered Jason and Theseus - Ariadne, Phaedra, Phyllis, Hypsipyle and Medea, written by Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Samantha Ellis, Natalie Haynes and Juliet Gilkes Romero.


People

Eleanor Tomlinson
Canace - The Desert
Indra Ové
Deianaria - The Desert
Martina Laird
Sappho - The Desert
Nicholle Cherrie
Hypermestra - The Desert
Rosalind Eleazar
Dido - The Desert
Patsy Ferran
Ariadne - The Labyrinth
Doña Croll
Phaedra - the Labyrinth
Nathalie Armin
Phyllis - The Labyrinth
Nadine Marshall
Medea - The Labyrinth
Olivia Williams
Hypsipyle - The Labyrinth
Sophia Eleni
Laodamia - The War
Ann Ogbomo
Oenone - The War
Rebekah Murrell
Hermione - The War
Jemima Rooper
Briseis - The War
Gemma Whelan
Penelope - the War

April de Angelis
Writer
Stella Duffy
Writer
Samantha Ellis
Writer
Lorna French
Writer
Juliet Gilkes Romero
Writer
Natalie Haynes
Writer
Charlotte Jones
Writer
Hannah Khalil
Writer
Bryony Lavery
Writer
Isley Lynn
Writer
Sabrina Mahfouz
Writer
Chinonyerem Odimba
Writer
Timberlake Wertenbaker
Writer
Abi Zakarian
Writer
Lettie Precious
Writer
Adjoa Andoh
Director
Tom Littler
Director
Cat Robey
Director
Jessie McKenzie
Designer
Emily Stuart
Designer
Louie Whitemore
Designer
Johanna Town
Lighting Designer
Simisola Majekodunmi
Assistant Lighting Designer
Nicola Chang
Sound Designer
Max Pappenheim
Sound Designer
Gabriella Bird
Assistant Director
Khadifa Wong
Assistant Director
Lisa Cochrane
Stage Manager
Zoe Dhillon
Stage Manager


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