Punk rock was the musical war cry of rebellious youth in the ’70s. It was a tuneful way of sticking up two fingers to the establishment. So what better way to score a new version of Electra, starring Lydia Larson, than with the guitar-heavy music of dissent? Why’s it so perfect? Because Electra is a play about angry youth. The title role, played by Larson, is the daughter of a broken marriage. And by broken, we mean her mother had her father killed before ruling the country with her new lover. Electra’s brother was exiled and has grown up waiting for the right time to return. Both want to take bloody revenge. They couldn’t be more punk if they were wearing safety pins and swearing at the Queen. Lydia Larson tells us more about the updated Greek drama coming to The Bunker: [caption id="attachment_278049" align="alignnone" width="300"] Lydia Larson in rehearsal for Electra at The Bunker (Image: Lidia Crisafulli. Courtesy of Chloe Nelkin PR)[/caption]
Anarchic, vital, raw, violent, messy.
It’s a story about a family. Then you have all the blood, revenge, power, desire, ambition and thrilling epic-ness. It’s a female-driven story and we still aren’t seeing enough of these. It’s so basic, but, yeah, MORE PLEASE! But not in 10 years’ time, right now! Okay, next question…
David Hewson, the musical director, is a genius. His score brings so much energy, charge, drama and atmosphere, which works brilliantly with John [Ward]’s punk-rock adaptation. It is so integral to the action I can’t imagine it without live music.
Electra is the ultimate antihero. She is fierce, razor sharp and relentlessly driven.
We had the most incredible session with movement director Rachel Drazek. She was amazing and got me thinking about so much. About the character, the play and a load of other stuff, too. It was like a deep cleanse. A total revelation and I’m still thinking about it!
I performed in Isley Lynn’s Skin A Cat, which was The Bunker’s inaugural show, so I’m delighted to be returning as I feel like I’ve been a tiny part of the theatre’s journey from the start. It’s a super-exciting space to perform in, with an excellent bar, which is really very important. [caption id="attachment_278050" align="alignnone" width="300"] Lydia Larson in rehearsal for Electra at The Bunker (Image: Lidia Crisafulli. Courtesy of Chloe Nelkin PR)[/caption]
Watching panto at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre.
I love the immediacy of it. And sharing something that’s a complete one-off with a room full of strangers is exciting.
Don’t apologise for being here. You’ve earned it.
Very recently I visited the Gate Theatre for the first time and I loved it. It’s such an intimate space; I love being right up in the actors’ grill. I want to be covered in their sweat, spit and tears.
I’m happiest drinking a turbo shandy with my dear friends Monty and Tim in the Montagu Pyke on Charing Cross Road. Or walking my dog, Kenny Biscuit, on Walthamstow Marshes.
The Marks & Spencer vine leaves are a fantastic pre-theatre snack.