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Ad Infinitum's BEAUTIFUL EVIL THINGS Will Embark on Tour

Performances begin 18 - 22 October at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol.

Told through the eyes of Medusa as she watches the battle of Troy, Ad Infinitum takes a look at the alternative stories of the most notorious women in Greek mythology in a new show co-created and performed by long-term collaborator Deborah Pugh. A bodiless head on the goddess Athena's shield, the snake-haired Medusa watches over the battle, focusing on queens and prophets whose stories have been cast in the worst possible light. Casting Medusa as an archivist setting the record straight, history is retold with full nuance and colour as seen through a female gaze, and through the most powerful gaze in mythology. Told with the same high-energy physical storytelling as Ad Infinitum's award-winning one-man Odyssey, their one-woman race through mythology is a fierce, funny take on female stories throughout history that have been forgotten, distorted or erased.

What if there was another take on the Trojan War you'd never heard? Enter Medusa: she was there. Monstrous gorgon? Snakes for hair? A turn-to-stone glare? Perhaps. But she was there - as a bodiless head strapped to the shield of a goddess. In forgotten and alternative stories about them, Iphigenia wasn't the first child of Clytemnestra to be murdered by Agamemnon, Cassandra's abilities were learned rather than god-given, Amazonian Queen Penthesilea wasn't killed by Achilles, and Medusa was a protector of the ancient world. Beautiful Evil Things asks why the versions of the stories we know about these women are the most damning ones.

Co-creator and performer Deborah Pugh said, "Reseeing the stories of the Trojan War afresh through Medusa's eyes has been a brilliant opportunity to review these well-worn classics and interrogate their familiar translations and tellings. How would a monstrous social outcast, murdered by a hero see things differently? Which characters would she connect to? How would she feel about gods and heroes having fallen foul of both of them? What would be her telling of these tales? And would they still feel so very... masculine? Some stories had to be unearthed, others reframed but this fabulously fearsome female gaze has been the perfect lens through which to view the tales of some truly phenomenal ancient wonder women, each as flawed, fearless and front footed as their male counterparts. Each stood strong and centre, driving their own story."

Ad Infinitum is an international ensemble based in Bristol, developing new and original theatre. Founded in 2007, Ad Infinitum is led by Co-Artistic Directors, Nir Paldi and George Mann. They create shape-shifting socio-political theatre to provoke, move and inspire through innovative storytelling and bold experimental styles. Ad Infinitum's theatre draws upon the power of the body, engages audiences with urgent issues, and ignites passionate debate. Previous shows include Extraordinary Wall [of Silence], No Kids, Translunar Paradise, Odyssey, Bucket List, Light, and Ballad of the Burning Star. Ad Infinitum is Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic and The North Wall. They are Associate Artist Alumni at the Bush Theatre (2011-2013), The Lowry (2011-2017) and Redbridge Drama Centre (2009-2017).Their work has won awards at the Edinburgh Fringe (including Spirit of the Fringe and multiple Stage Awards), across the UK (including the Argus Angel Award), and many awards internationally.

Tour Dates

18 - 22 Oct Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF

18 - 22 Oct at 20:00 & 22 Oct at 14:30 | Standard £16 | Concession £12

20 Oct - BSL interpreted integrated and captioned performance

tobaccofactorytheatres.com | 0117 902 0344

30 Oct The Drama Studio, The University of Sheffield

Sheffield, S10 2TN

8:00pm | BSL interpreted integrated performance

performancevenues.group.shef.ac.uk

2 - 3 Nov The North Wall, Oxford

South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

8:00pm | Full Price: £14 | Concessions: £12 | Under 25s: £10

3 Nov - BSL interpreted integrated performance

www.thenorthwall.com | 01865 319450

9 Nov AMATA, Falmouth University

Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn TR10 9FE

7:30pm | Full price £12.00 | Concession £10.00

www.falmouth.ac.uk/events

16 Nov THESPIS, International Monodrama Festival, Kiel, Germany

6pm | Schauspielhaus (Studio), Holtenauer Strasse 22, 24103 Kiel, Germany

www.thespis.de

18 Nov Norden Farm, Maidenhead

Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, West Berkshire SL6 4PF

7:30pm | Standard £18

nordenfarm.org | 01628 788997

19 Jan 2023 Unity Theatre, Liverpool

1 Hope Place, Liverpool L1 9BG

www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk | 0844 8732888

24 Jan Exeter Phoenix, Exeter

Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

www.exeterphoenix.org.uk | 01392 667080

1 Feb The Civic, Barnsley

Hanson St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 2HZ

www.barnsleycivic.co.uk | 01226 327000

2 Feb The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University

St Helens Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QP

edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre | 01695 584480

16 Feb The Spring, Havant, Hampshire

56 East St, Havant PO9 1BS

thespring.co.uk | 023 92472700

28 Feb Lakeside Arts, Nottingham

University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

lakesidearts.org.uk | 0115 846 7777



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