Sophie Melville stars in Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott
Gary Owen’s powerful monodrama opens at the Lyric Hammersmith this October, following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre in London and the Sherman Theatre in Wales.
Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs Sophie Melville, who reprises her role as ‘Effie’ after winning The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress.
Inspired by the ancient Greek tale of Iphigenia, a young woman sacrificed to the Gods to further the ambitions of men, Gary Owens arresting play is transported to the deprived small Welsh town of Splott.
Iphigenia in Splott is booking from 1- 26 October 2022 at Lyric Hammersmith theatre London.
What is Iphigenia in Splott about?
Stumbling down the street drunk at 11.30am Effie is the kind of girl you avoid making eye contact with. You think you know her, but maybe you don’t know half of it.
Effie’s life is a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more.
Who is in the cast of Iphigenia in Splott?
Sophie Melville stars as Effie.
Written by Gary Owen with direction by Rachel O’Riordan, set & costume design by Hayley Grindle, lighting design by Rachel Mortimer, sound design by Same Jones and associate designer Toots Butcher.
Reviews of Iphigenia in Splott
★★★★★ "A shattering modern classic " - The Guardian ★★★★★ "Owen’s writing is so ferociously absorbing, and Melville’s performance so electric, that you can barely breathe as you watch" - The Stage ★★★★ "Sophie Melville is extraordinary" - Evening Standard ★★★★ "It hit the stage with the force of a comet" - The Telegraph
Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.
Content: This production contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.
There will be an Audio Described performance on Friday 14 October at 19:30; a BSL Interpreted performance on Tuesday 18 October at 19:30; and an Open Captioned performance on Friday 21 October at 19:30.