Gorgon

By Giddy Aunt

A darkly comic retelling of a classic Greek myth. The legendary Medusa is recast as the headline act at the Great Athenian Circus where she performs alongside a troupe of freaks, performance artists and sideshow attractions. Join us as we wander unwittingly into Medusa’s dressing room – becoming voyeurs and eventually complicit – in the lead up to her Saturday night performance. Cold, aloof and intimidating at first, you will soon discover that Medusa has a few dark secrets of her own. Exploring female rivalry, identity, body image and contemporary depictions of woman in the media, Gorgon will leave you with a sharp bite of snake venom that lasts well after the curtain comes down…

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After initially being shown as a scratch performance at Summerhall for the Imaginate Ideas Exchange, Gorgon has now been commissioned for the Imaginate International Festival 2015 and Pulse Festival, where it has been nominated for the Suitcase Prize. We will be developing the piece in association with Platform and North Edinburgh Arts.

Gorgon image 1“The Medusa was very different from other Medusa characters I have seen, and I enjoyed this change. Also very interactive, funny and colourful. Great music too!”

“I wasn’t ready for the piece to end!”

“Brilliant set up at the beginning and wonderful performance… Great stuff!”

Feedback from the scratch performance of Gorgon.
Imaginate Scratch Night, Summerhall.