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Screenshot from Black Medea.
Black Medea single work   drama  
Adaptation of Medea Euripides 431 BCE single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2000 2000
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'In this riveting reworking of Euripides' play, Medea is a young indigenous woman who after leaving her family and desert country behind, finds herself in a loveless partnership with the drunken and violent Jason. When Medea attempts to flee home with their young son, Jason makes her promise that she will never take the child from the house. In a breathtaking act of revenge and sacrifice, Medea kills her young child... the child that was the father's heart.' (Source: AusStage website)

Production Details

  • 2000:

    First produced as part of the Sydney Theatre Company's Blueprints program. 19 August to 3 September 2000.

    Original Cast: Nathan Ramsay and Justine Saunders.

    2005:

    Re-worked for production by Company B at the Belvoir Street Theatre for a season running from 14 April - 8 May 2005.

    Directed by Wesley Enoch.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2000
  • Appears in:
    y Contemporary Indigenous Plays Windmill Baby, Rainbow's End, King Hit, Bitin' Back, Black Medea Larissa Behrendt (editor), Vivienne Cleven (editor), Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007 Z1366759 2007 anthology drama (taught in 12 units)

    'Five plays from around the country which illustrate that the rich tradition of indigenous storytelling is flourishing in contemporary Australian theatre.' (Source: Australianplays.org)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2007
    pg. [55]-81

Works about this Work

BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Serving the Living Land : Place and Belonging in Australian Aboriginal Drama Maryrose Casey , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Enacting Nature : Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance 2014; (p. 151-164)
'European settler fear and distrust of the physical environment has been a notable feature in Australian literary writings since the nineteenth century...In contrast, Indigenous Australians traditionally have a strong, positive and multi-layered relationship with their historical homelands...'
How Australian is It? Alison Croggon , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 200 2010; (p. 55-62)
Beyond the Wounds of a Classic Taboo Alexa Moses , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 April 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
Harsh Realities Flood Through Broken Tradition Stephen Dunne , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 April 2005; (p. 27)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
Mum Could Kill for Some Peace John McCallum , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 April 2005; (p. 14)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
Beyond the Wounds of a Classic Taboo Alexa Moses , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 April 2005; (p. 12)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
Harsh Realities Flood Through Broken Tradition Stephen Dunne , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 April 2005; (p. 27)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
Mum Could Kill for Some Peace John McCallum , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 April 2005; (p. 14)

— Review of Black Medea Wesley Enoch 2000 single work drama
How Australian is It? Alison Croggon , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 200 2010; (p. 55-62)
Serving the Living Land : Place and Belonging in Australian Aboriginal Drama Maryrose Casey , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Enacting Nature : Ecocritical Perspectives on Indigenous Performance 2014; (p. 151-164)
'European settler fear and distrust of the physical environment has been a notable feature in Australian literary writings since the nineteenth century...In contrast, Indigenous Australians traditionally have a strong, positive and multi-layered relationship with their historical homelands...'
BlackWords : Indigenous Stories Told Collecively Anita Heiss , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: The BlackWords Essays 2015; (p. 5)

In this essay Heiss discusses and explains the important role of anthologies in the creation of communities of writers and in acknowledging, consolidating and launching writing careers.

Awards

2005 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production Nominated for the 2005 Company B production.
2005 nominated Victorian Green Room Awards Best Adaptation Best Adaptation
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