Declan Donnellan / Cheek by Jowl / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Declan Donnellan / Cheek by Jowl

"‘Τis Pity She's a Whore" by John Ford

(translation into Greek Klitos Kyrou)
18-22 December 2012
Main Stage
The legendary theatre company makes its Greek debut with a rock remix of the Renaissance’s most controversial erotic tragedy.
15 - 18 - 28 €
Concs 10 - 12 - 15 €
How captivating can a blood-soaked drama from 1633 dealing with taboo subject matter—the incestuous love of a brother and a sister—be? This contemporary, electrifying and utterly addictive production from Cheek by Jowl, the award-winning theatre company famed from its bold, fresh takes on classic works, reveals John Ford’s ‘Τis Pity She's a Whore in all its grim magnificence. Like a hellish version of Romeo and Juliet, this ‘anatomy’ of Annabella and Giovanni’s forbidden love—and the corrupt society that drives them to their death—takes place around a bed in a teenage bedchamber. The disco, pop and rock music gets the adrenalin flowing, while the explosive combination of black humour and infernal voices catapults us into a hallucinogenic world reminiscent of Pulp Fiction.


Director: Declan Donnellan
Co-director: Owen Horsley
Designer: Nick Ormerod
Associate & Movement Director: Jane Gibson
Lighting Designer: Judith Greenwood
Composer & Sound Designer: Nick Powell

With: Gina Bramhill, Philip Cairns, David Collings, Hedydd Dylan, Ryan Ellsworth, Jimmy Fairhurst, Orlando James, Jonathan Livingstone, Peter Moreton, Nicola Sanderson, Gyuri Sarossy, Laurence Spellman

Produced by Cheek by Jowl in a co-production with the Barbican, London, Les Gémeaux/Sceaux/Scène Nationale and Sydney Festival

The age guidance for this production is 16+.


22 Dec 2012

12:30 5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
Free admission, registration needed


Acting masterclass lead by Declan Donnellan

22 Dec 2012

19:00 Main Stage


Pre-performance talk with Declan Donnellan