What if Persephone was to be found walking down your local street? How would Medea’s story play out in 21st century Britain? Would Phaedra’s inappropriate passion make the front page of the tabloids. How would a modern-day Creusa deal with the guilt of an abandoned baby? Seven stories about seven women who all appear in plays by Euripides are retold by playwright Colin Teevan and ace director Melly Still who directed Elena Ferante’s My Brilliant Friend which transferred from the Rose to the National Theatre. Niamh Cusack and Shannon Hayes star in a production that shines a new and contemporary light on Greek mythology and continues the reinvention of the Rose under new artistic director Christopher Haydon.
From the director of My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre transfer, 2019) and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (West End transfer, 2019) comes the world premiere of Colin Teevan’s The Seven Pomegranate Seeds. Persephone, Hypsipyle, Medea, Alcestis, Phaedra, Creusa and Demeter: the women of Euripides' plays are reimagined as people of today in an unexpected fusion of celebrity, inappropriate desires, historical police investigations and missing children. A severed maternal bond threads each story together, charting a journey through rage and redemption, towards a compelling conclusion. Rose Associate Artist, Melly Still, returns to the Rose to direct and design Colin Teevan’s haunting monologue cycle in this unflinching, witty production. Starring Rose Associate Artist Niamh Cusack (My Brilliant Friend) and Shannon Hayes (Ted Lasso Series 1 & 2, Apple TV). Age Recommendation: 14+