The strains of David Bowie’s Aladdin Sane fill the theatre as young mum Medea is relentlessly driven mad trying to deal with being abandoned by a cheating husband who has left her for a younger model.
Now she’s about to lose her home and her child and is expected to put a brave face on it all and start again.
“Being a woman is sh*t isn’t it?” she declares as her world falls apart around her. Rachael Stirling delivers an outstanding performance of a woman who is not just on the edge, but has jumped and is in free fall to a violent end.
Her Medea is a strong figure who is trying to make sense of her life while her ex flaunts his “nice” new bride-to-be. “I’m not bitter, I’m twisted,” she tells her neighbour and office colleague as she lashes out with curses and swearing.
Headlong offer a modern-twist of the Greek tragedy with Medea spending her day watching the telly at home and coming up with violent fantasies of the death of her husband Jason and his new arm candy.
She’s not content with cutting up his suit with scissors. She wants him to trip down the stairs and impale himself on the Dyson.
But the dark humour can not end well and Medea is left feeling betrayed, unwanted and desperate. The result is a 90 minute theatrical powerhouse.