The Bacchae

Theatre (classical, tragedy)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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‘You will acknowledge me. And love me because I am Dionysos. I am the Scream.’ Ritual madness has descended upon Thebes. This retelling of Euripides' The Bacchae is a radical examination of liberation and oppression. The cracks in our moral code are exposed as civilisation wars with instinct, the threat of control against the possibility of excess. Recentering on the choral and the visceral physical, our fundamental values are broken down in this horrifyingly compelling examination of society and the self. 'A glorious exploration of sexuality, liberty, and divinity' ***** (

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Finn Longman 121 days ago

The best show I've seen at the Fringe so far. Unsettling, violent, compelling, and strangely erotic -- although perhaps that's not so strange, since I'm fairly sure it was deliberate. I loved the way they used music (some a cappella singing / chanting), as well as the use of spoken voices in unison -- very creepy. And the way the performers used their bodies was incredibly powerful, especially because of how it contributed to the power dynamics between the mostly-female cast and the sole male cast member, who played Pentheus. Speaking of the cast, the actor playing Dionysus was great -- she had an amazingly powerful voice, really captivating.

For such a tragic, violent play there was a surprising amount of humour, especially from Dionysus and the dramatic irony of the audience recognising the god when Pentheus didn't. That made the horror of the ending hit harder, and the staging was simple but effective, managing to convey violence with minimal props in a way that was as emotional as it was bloody.

It starts late and it's a long one, but I absolutely didn't regret going to see this in the middle of the night. It felt weirdly appropriate to emerge from it some time after midnight and attempt to rejoin reality with the simple red and white of the cast, costumes and staging playing behind my eyes; a little bit of a madness of its own.

My only critique would be that at times the balance between the music and the actors' voices wasn't quite right, so that the recorded sound obscured the words. But this was minimal and didn't impair the overall impression; it's just something that, if adjusted, could make the show even better.

Emmanuel 121 days ago

I thought they made a good effort but it didn't really work. In their defence, they didn't pick an easy play. Also, there are scenes where the background sounds or music are turned way up, the actors are shouting but we can't hear them (I was in the front row).

SH 122 days ago

So good we saw it twice! Outstanding in every respect, brilliantly staged, with stunning performances by every member of the cast. This is a thrilling and compelling interpretation of the classical Greek play and it will stick in your mind long after the final curtain has fallen at this year's Fringe! *****

GS 126 days ago

Not my cup of tea and not talking away from the performances, but the plot is just pointless and makes you switch off and have to set through 90minutes of why bother.

S D 126 days ago

Extremely atmospheric. The cast created a captivating mood of darkness and mystery. Excellent production from a talented group.

Michael Murray 126 days ago

Powerful performance which provides a fantastic feminist twist to this tragic tale. Well acted by a strong cast, inventively directed. I particularly liked the strong use of choral music to build from the sensual to the menacing. Gripping and well worth staying up late for. *****

Connor Rowlett 130 days ago

Visceral, powerful, harrowing. Brilliantly directed and acted from start to finish.

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

Captures the tragic potency of freedom taken to its logical extreme...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

A feminist force which releases the female voice...

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UK Theatre Web (3/5 stars) 123 days ago

There are some interesting performances

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