Hippolytus at UCL

Tue 7th February 7.30pm
Wed 8th February 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Thu 9th February 2.30pm and 7.30pm

The UCL Classical Drama Society in association with the Bloomsbury Theatre presents Euripides’ Hippolytus, a fantastical and haunting interpretation of this extremely poignant play. Hippolytus tells the tale of how a young man, obsessed with the pursuit of purity, unknowingly becomes a victim of the Goddess Aphrodite’s vengeance. As the Goddess’ plan unfolds, Phaedra, his stepmother, becomes consumed with passion for him, but will she break society’s conventions and give in to unnatural desire, or protect her reputation and that of her family. As the battle between divine and mortal will begins the House of Theseus is thrown into a sequence of uncontrollable and tragic events.

Beautifully translated into English by Anne Carson, this unsettling tragedy is brought to life with elaborate costumes, contemporary video art and enchanting music which fuse the imagery of natural elements and fantasy. This production leaves our protagonists caught between free will and the capricious temper of the Gods while drawing attention to the fundamentally hubristic nature of human kind and the inevitable whimsical and inescapable wrath of the Gods that results from such transgressions.

Tickets: £9, concessions & UCL: £6

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