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The Bacchae of Baghdad

Euripides' The Bacchae In a new version written and directed by Conall Morrison


  • Playwright

    Conall Morrison 

  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Author Notes

    In a new version written by Conall Morrison.

  • Synopsis

    An updating of Euripides' classic set in the context of the Iraq war. Dionysus, the Greek God of art and debauchery, ectasy and exuberance is portayed here as a kind of terrorist. A rejection of the strictures of civilisation is a seductive idea, but also a disturbingly destructive one. The frenzied orgiastic violence of the Bacchae is linked here both to suicide bombers and to the invading forces. No one is excused from responsibility for the carnage wrought when civilisations clash.

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Original Cast  
First/Third Messenger Simon O'Gorman
Second Messenger Peter Hanly
Agave Andrea Irvine
Pentheus Robert O'Mahoney
Chorus Ruth Negga
Chorus Mojisola Adebayo
Dionysus Chris Simpson
Chorus Merrina Millsap
Chorus Mary Healy
Tiresias Tracy Harper
Chorus Shereen Martineau
Chorus Donna Nikolaisen
Cadmus Jeff Diamond
Production Team  
Director Conall Morrison
Set Designer Sabine Dargent
Lighting Designer Nick McCall
Costume Designer Sinead Cuthbert
Sound Cormac Carroll
Choreographer Cindy Cummings
Assistant Director Alice Coghlan
Deputy Stage Manager Stephen Dempsey
Assistant Stage Manager Róisín Coyle
Assistant Stage Manager Maeve Colleary
Company Stage Manager John Stapleton
Graphic Design Red Dog Design
Rehearsal Photography Tom Lawlor (1)
Publicity Photography Ros Kavanagh
Voice Coach Andrea Ainsworth
Make-Up Patsy Giles
Hair by Patsy Giles


  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Abbey Theatre/Amharclann na Mainistreach

  • Address

    26 Lower Abbey Street
    Dublin 1
    Co. Dublin
    Republic of Ireland

  • Phone

    + 353 (0)1 887 2200

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  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme