As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS) are thrilled to be joining forces with the Lakeside Theatre and theatre company Pecho Mama to sponsor the play 'Oedipus Electronica', taking place on 12 October 2023.
Oedipus Electronica is a psychological thriller that retells the Greek classic Oedipus Rex in a remarkably fresh way. It deals with themes including grief, pregnancy and miscarriage, female sexuality, and the interplay between mental health and creativity. The play was handpicked for programming by Kanyinsola Olanrewaju, a former student in our department and directed by multitalented artist Mella Faye.
Oedipus Electronica follows the story of Jo, a struggling playwright facing both a looming commission deadline and the specter of an emergency hysterectomy. Over the course of 24 mind-bending hours, Jo feverishly writes her own version of Oedipus, one of the most explosive Greek myths which became a cornerstone of the psychoanalytic theory of family relations. Through her creative process, Jo exorcises long-buried grief over the child who never lived.
The play pushes the boundaries of storytelling and artistic expression in its in depth exploration of the psyche in torment. It's a fearless and uncompromising spectacle that defies categorization, combining theatre, live music, and dance to create an unforgettable experience.
After the play, PPS lecturers Jordan Osserman and Magda Schmukalla will hold a Q&A and wine reception with members of Pecho Mama discussing how the play relates to the major areas taught and researched in the department.
Students in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies are in for a unique treat. After the play, they will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop led by the director of Oedipus Electronica, Mella Faye. The workshop will focus on the concept of the 'female gaze' in theatre, film, and research.
This hands-on event will empower students to explore the theme of desire, loss, and grief in embodied and creative ways. It will be a chance to dive deep into psychosocial concepts, all while engaging in a meaningful dialogue with the director and main performer of the play.
We hope to see you on October 12th for this once in a lifetime performance!
To book tickets for the theatre play, visit Lakeside Theatre.
To register for the workshop, follow this link