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A powerful mythology-inspired monodrama

Gary Owen’s critically-acclaimed monodrama Iphigenia in Splott transfers to the Lyric Hammersmith, bringing an ancient Greek myth to the streets of south Cardiff.

Effie is the sort of girl you’d avoid if you saw her stumbling down the road at nearly midday. Her life is a mix of drink, drugs and drama, but appearances can be deceiving. As Effie wanders the streets of Splott, she comes across a kindred soul who might give her the chance to be more than what others think she is.

Inspired by King Agamemnon’s daughter, who in Greek myth was sacrificed to by her father to ensure his fleet can sail to Troy, Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott play swaps mythology for a failing welfare state and a society that puts profit before people. The show comes to Hammersmith after hugely successful, sold-out seasons at the Sherman Theatre in Wales and National Theatre.

Sophie Melville returns as Effie for the Iphigenia in Splott London production, having previously won The Stage Award for Acting Excellence for the role. She is directed by Lyric Hammersmith Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan.

Book Iphigenia in Splott tickets and catch this award-winning, powerful monologue as it returns to London.

Performance dates: 19 Oct 2022 - 22 Oct 2022

Running time: 75 minutes (without an intermission)

Age recommendation: Best for age 15+

Special notice: Iphigenia in Splott contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.

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Latest Audience Reviews

Excellent show, amazing performance from Sophie Melville.

gemmaj2 22 Oct 2022

The rear wall is composed of flourescent strips - some askew, doubtless a reflection of the squal... More

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer19 Oct 2022

The rear wall is composed of flourescent strips - some askew, doubtless a reflection of the squalid world in which our Iphigenia - "Iffy", as she calls herself - lives. Cardiff, she's from. And there are many who will not warm to her upon meeting her - loud-mouthed as she is, clad in trackies all day, sculling vodka and weed. But oh, just you wait until she starts to tell her story. I have not seen a performance like this since Jodie Comer in Prima Facie. The blurb describes it as "shattering", and it is that - an amazing piece of writing, a stunning piece of acting, and a scathing indictment of modern Britain. By the end, having lived through her experience with her, I guarantee you will have changed your opinion of her diametrically. The standing ovation was well-deserved.

u2fancat Top 200 reviewer19 Oct 2022

An astonishing performance from Sophie Melville and a very good play.

catherine9 16 Oct 2022
mariaifrim Top 50 reviewer08 Oct 2022
mariaifrim Top 50 reviewer08 Oct 2022

Fantastic acting from Sophie Melville. Just few slang slightly difficult for non-native English s... More

nocturnal 19 Oct 2022

Fantastic acting from Sophie Melville. Just few slang slightly difficult for non-native English speaker. However, it’s a fantastic 75mins monologue!!!

nocturnal 19 Oct 2022
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