It has been announced this week that from September residents of the Somer Valley will be able to watch live relays from the National Theatre at Midsomer Norton Town Hall. Yet again, Midsomer Norton is leading the way and by embracing the latest digital broadcast technology – offering local residents cutting edge drama on their doorsteps in what is being launched as the Assembly Room Theatre (ART).
The first performance will be Euripides’ powerful tragedy MEDEA – directed by Carrie Cracknell, in a new version by Ben Power, at 7pm on Thursday 4th September in the Assembly Room. This production sees Helen McCrory return to the National to take the title role; the cast also includes Michaela Coel, Danny Sapani and Cath Whitefield. The production has been designed by Tom Scutt, with lighting by Lucy Carter, choreography by Lucy Guerin and sound design by Gregory Clarke.
Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she has left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.
The play will be beamed live from the National Theatre in London onto the massive cinema screen at the Town Hall, with full digital projection and surround sound, comfortable cinema seats and the usual refreshments. All that will be missing is the view of the London skyline out of the window.
For more information on the National Theatre Live autumn season programme at the Assembly Room Theatre ring 01761 419133.