Digital Theatre to release Sherman Cymru's touring production of Iphigenia in Splott
By any measure going, this is perfect theatre
Digital Theatre is thrilled to announce that Sherman Cymru’s universally acclaimed touring production Iphigenia in Splott will be available worldwide on its innovative on-demand education and consumer services from June 2016.
This blazing one-woman production was originally staged at Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru theatre before embarking on a national tour that took in some of the UK’s finest venues, including the National Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, Bristol Old Vic, Birmingham Rep and Oxford’s North Wall, where the production was captured.
Directed by Rachel O’Riordan and starring Sophie Melville, Gary Owen’s outstanding contemporary adaptation of the enduring Greek myth was captured live by Digital Theatre’s key filming team in its final week of performances.
Speaking about the show, Sherman Cymru Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan stated: “Through broadcasting this production on Digital Theatre, we are creating an amazing opportunity for people from across the globe to experience the Sherman’s production of Iphigenia in Splott. The story of Effie is a powerful and relevant piece that will resonate with audiences from across the UK and beyond and we are proud to be part of this innovative digital project and for this production to sit alongside other world-class productions.”
Speaking about the latest capture, Robert Delamere, Digital Theatre’s Co-Founder and Creative Director said: "Iphigenia in Splott is a profound, deeply accessible and powerfully moving piece of contemporary theatre. Work of this quality and impact is exactly what Digital Theatre was created for. I’m delighted that it will now be available to a wider audience and have the opportunity to be studied in more than 68 countries. A visceral, expertly crafted play with a stunning central performance."
Ahead of the release, Big Clever Learning Chairman Justin Cooke commented: "While we continue to invest in making Digital Theatre the world's leading educational platform for the performing arts, offering our subscribers 100% curriculum coverage by the start of the new academic year, we also see it as vital that in parallel we broaden the diversity of our portfolio. We know that our 3 million subscribers around the world will be delighted to be given the opportunity to experience such inspiring, ground-breaking, contemporary productions like Iphigenia in Splott whenever and wherever they are."
What gets me through is knowing I took this pain, and saved all of you from suffering the same.
Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it. Effie’s life spirals through 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. Effie will break your heart.
Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Iphigenia in Splott drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings
Iphigenia in Splott will be available to stream and download from www.digitaltheatre.com and watch on-demand through global education service www.digitaltheatreplus.com
Audiences can watch online and via an expanding range of platforms including the Digital Theatre Desktop Player, the Digital Theatre TalkTalk channel and the iOS app.
"Sophie Melville is remarkable as Effie […] Iphigenia in Splott is not only successful in reimagining the rhetorical poetry of its Euripidean influence – it’s also an important play. The so-called chav culture has been unremittingly mocked in the media and this attempt to humanise the sort of person sneered at in Channel 5 documentaries is long overdue."
"A blisteringly powerful indictment of society's failings, with a stunning performance from Sophie Melville at its heart."
"Recent years have proven oddly infertile for political theatre, but Iphigenia in Splott is the sort of clear-eyed rallying cry that deserves to force a change."
"Rachel O’Riordan’s sharply focused production has a pacy directness, and Sophie Melville is sensational as Effie […] She savours the intelligence and political anger of Owen’s writing, which is painfully vivid and sometimes devastatingly funny."