Okonedo is a fine choice for Medea, a sorceress and complex woman. From the moment she emerges, in sunglasses, from the sunken stair case leading to her underground cavern, we feel her spellbinding star power. As the play progresses, her fear, fury, and unrestrained behaviour unravels.
Ben Daniels takes on the role of all the men in the play, wearing jeans (the dress is modern), his tops change with each character. Barely off stage, when he’s not in the midst of a scene, he circles around silently in slow motion. This possibly denotes that Medea is being controlled and preyed on; it’s open to interpretation. But, it’s so frequent and over stylised, that I found myself wavering between bored, distracted and amused by this piece of direction, rather than feeling the intensity that is surely intended. Skulking aside, Daniels is a great actor. He reveals Jason’s arrogance and insidious gaslighting with a commanding presence and slips easily into the other roles.