by Euripides, adapted by Rob Kendall

Two figures in evening dress

Tue 15 - Sat 19 May 2018 at 7.30pm
Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton NN1 3NL

Preview: 'Concern between men and women'

Rob Kendall | director

I've set the play in the late 1920s and early '30s, with costume and manners to match. So expect the tango, quickstep and Charleston.

It was a time when women's suffrage was still an issue  and a palpable concern between women and men. This is also a take on the theme underlying the women's (chorus) action in the Bacchae where they want to enjoy their rites as Bacchic followers rather than the perceived rules of law and men.

Thrown into this mix is the anger of the God Dionysus when his divinity is queried by the King Pentheus, who in turn is tricked by Dionysus to spy on the women's Bacchic dance. Not to give too much away but as the play is subtitled a 'tragedy' you can guess it does't all end happily!

The cast is a mixture of existing members (including a stalwart or two) and those new to Masque.

A rehearsal for The Bacchae

Rehearsing the play: Andy Rowe as Dionysus with the Bacchae

Masque Theatre's production is directed by Masque member Rob Kendall, whose shows for the group include Henry V (2016), The Importance of Being Earnest (2016), The Lion in Winter (2015), Becket (2014), Troilus and Cressida (2014), Margot (2013), Nicholas Nickleby (2012), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2012), Romeo and Juliet (2011) and (2001), Great Expectations (2010) The Cherry Orchard (2010), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2009), Trainspotting (2008), Mother Courage And Her Children (2007), Twelfth Night (2005), Bent (2004), Hell Cab (2004), Murder in the Cathedral (2002), A View From The Bridge (2002), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2000), East (1998), A Streetcar Named Desire (1997) and Antony and Cleopatra (1996)