This show takes place at The Cockpit in Marylebone. Performed in English. 60 minutes. Ages 16+
The Medea Hypothesis uses an ancient myth to address a very modern crisis: as we seek to give our children every advantage, are we securing a way of life that leads to destruction?In the same way that the original Medea play questions fundamental concepts of what it is to be a mother, The Medea Hypothesis questions what it means to fight for survival. This reassessment of life's fundamental values is played out by a single mother who doubts any reasonable future for her and her son, and a son who perceives himself and his peers as the cause of tomorrow's global catastrophe.
Running through the core of this play is The Medea Hypothesis - a real life theory by Paleontologist Peter Ward that suggests a malign alternative to nurturing concepts of a Mother Earth - one that instead casts off her children to save herself.
ABOUT THE COMPANYThe Washing Machine is a London-based theatre and performance collective made up of artists of different disciplines and from across Europe and the world, spun together by a common interest in the narrative of narratives.
In our work, we explore how narratives can develop out of new cultural phenomena and experiences, and yet carry something that is emblematically old.Whether reimagining the concepts of a prominent play, catching the zeitgeist or building a story around something socially unspoken or unheard - our emphasis is on creating captivating theatrical pieces that encourage fresh thinking from old apparel.Previous work by The Washing Machine:"Napoleon's Messenger" presented at MORE STORM Festival/Middlesex University - September 2016 and at DYSTOPIAN UTOPIAN REALITIES curated by 3sACrowd at Ugly Duck - April 2017"Opehelia" presented at IMPFEST Festival, curated by BeautifullyConfused Collective at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre - November 2016The Washing Machine are:Leo Ashizawa, Tania Batzoglou, Carlo Cenciarelli, Susie Fairbrother, Colin Legge & Valentina Pakou.Website: thewashingmachine.co.ukFacebook: @thewashingmachinecollectiveTwitter: @TheWashingMCInstagram: @thewashingmcVimeo: videos of previous work