Dramsoc presents Phaedra's Love

Phaedra's Love is loosely based on the classical dramatist Seneca's play Phaedra, but given a contemporary setting. In this reworking of the myth of Phaedra's doomed love for her stepson Hippolytus, it is Hippolytus, rather than Phaedra, who takes centre stage. It is Hippolytus' emotional cruelty which pushes Phaedra to suicide. It is riddled with sex, incest, murder, rape, mother-daughter relationship issues and controversy surrounding religion and royal families. Sound shocking? Sound a bit much? Come and find out. Kane reversed classical tradition by showing, rather than describing, violent action on stage. The play contains some of Kane's wittiest and most cynical dialogue as well as some of Bristol's most adventurous acting.

Lady Windsor Studio Theatre (Closed in 2013)

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Audience Warnings:

  • Contains strong language and sex references.


Directed by Natasha Edwards
Produced by Fleur Wheatley
Written By Sarah Kane