ante/medea Unspooled Theatre Collective

- Performing Arts Fringe Festival

A play about Love, the destroyer.

As Medea and Jason welcome old friends into their home, forgotten tensions, repressed memories, and the spectres of bygone violence begin to haunt what should have been a joyful reunion. Their shared history is a minefield and it doesn’t help that Medea is freshly wounded at the hands of her husband, reeling from a betrayal their relationship may never recover from.

ante/medea is a fast-paced, gripping, one-act play centred on Ancient Greece’s most famous tragic heroine. Contemporary and psychological, it turns away from the spectacle of Medea’s slaughtered children and instead towards the identical wounds of love and violence. As four of the Argonauts reconnect in the
aftermath of a family tragedy, Medea finds herself forced to come to terms with the ultimate grief: things will never again be the way they once were.

ante/medea, from the team behind Melbourne Fringe 2022’s HAML3T, breathes intense, complicated life into the negative space between The Argonautica and Medea. This domestic drama questions whether it is possible to escape the gravitational pull of trauma and history, offering an intimate exploration of how the claustrophobic desires of the people around her can drive one woman to an act of infamous, unprecedented violence.

  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    Tuesday 10 October, 6:00 pm
    Wednesday 11 October, 6:00 pm
    Thursday 12 October, 6:00 pm
    Friday 13 October, 6:00 pm
    Saturday 14 October, 1:00 pm
    Saturday 14 October, 6:00 pm

    Full Price: $25 
    Concession: $20 
    Group of 6+:
    Hump Day Discount: $18.75 (11th October)
    Blax Tix: $0.00 
    Extra Applause: 

    Running Time:
    60 mins
    Gasworks Theatre
    Suitable for 15+ years old
    Deaf or Hard of Hearing Rating: Partially Accessible
    Strobe Lighting, Moderate Coarse Language, Sudden Loud Noises, Violence, Emotional Abuse, Sexual References, Murder, Simulated Blood
  • Gallery
  • Credits
    Laura Charlton and Sabina Donato
    Arky Ryall