Girl on an Altar

Marina Carr
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A sinister night.
Evil and edge in the air.
What are they celebrating?

Clytemnestra’s world is torn apart when Agamemnon sacrifices their daughter for the sake of war. Ten years later, the couple are reunited. What follows is a dangerous battle fuelled by love, grief and power.

Marina Carr’s adaptation of the infamous Greek myth brings Clytemnestra’s story to the fore and asks if it is possible to forgive the unforgivable.

He turns to me in hall one evening, wine on him, sentimental. There is nothing I would not do to have your good opinion again, he says.

Girl on an Altar opened at the Kiln Theatre, London, in May 2022.

Critic Reviews

'Mesmerisingly compelling … I was gripped from start to finish. … Carr’s words are a delight to hear, even at their most bleak. Bracingly good.'

Evening Standard
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'Cool and deadly … Homeric in its vivid detail and oral splendour.'

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'Ferocious … stomach-churning … electric.'

Time Out
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'Pungently topical … Carr unflinchingly depicts the suffering of innocents.'

Daily Telegraph
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Striking, considered and poetic.

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Marina Carr was brought up in County Offaly. A graduate of University College Dublin, she has written extensively for the theatre. She has taught at Villanova, Princeton, and currently teaches in the School of English, Dublin City University. Awards include the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Macaulay Fellowship, the E. M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and…

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