23 Apr 2017 For adults and teenagers (not suitable for children aged under 12 years)

Unicorn Young Company

Big Love

Everyone loves a wedding.

  • By Charles Mee, adapted by the company
  • Directed by Christian Roe and Purni Morell

Everyone loves a wedding.

Fifty sisters are engaged to be married to fifty brothers, their cousins. But nobody asked them, and they have other ideas. Based on Aeschylus's The Suppliant Women, considered to be the earliest known Greek drama, Big Love is a fever dream of a play about men and women and whether they can ever really understand each other. Brought to life in this adaptation by the Unicorn Young Company, we challenge you to do the right thing. Or not, and take the consequences.

In a 2003 interview with Open Stages newsletter, playwright Charles Mee said 'I wanted to go back to what some people thought was one of the earliest plays of the Western World, which is The Suppliant Women, and see how that would look today. See if it still spoke to the moment, and of course it does. It’s all about refugees and gender wars and men and women trying to find what will get them through the rubble of dysfunctional relationships, and anger and rage and heartache. [...] You know, unlike so much drama on television, where there’s a small misunderstanding at the top of the hour that you know is going to be resolved before the final commercial break. The Greeks start with matricide, fratricide...'

For everyone aged 12 and over. 
Contains some strong language and scenes of violence.

Tickets to Big Love are Pay What You Can. All proceeds go directly to the Young Company’s work next year.

This production is created by the Unicorn's Young Company, an entirely self-run company whose members collectively decide on the kind of theatre they want to create, what they want to say about the world and who they want to work with. The company is open to all young people aged 13 - 19 - to find out more and to join the member waiting list, visit the Young Company webpage

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