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It’s the most gruelling chapter of the bloodiest of all ancient Greek myths: the story of the deposed king whose sons were slaughtered and served to him in a feast – courtesy of his own brother.
Having caused a sensation at last year’s festival with his staging of The Wild Duck, director Simon Stone returns with this play based on the various sagas surrounding Thyestes and Seneca’s tragedy of the same title. In a radical re-imagining of the original, Stone and his three actors have set the mythological horrors in a contemporary story. Love, sex and destruction are the driving impulses and grotesque and perverted violence seem to be the most mundane thing in the world.