Director – Gary Abrahams

Set and Costume Design – Sophie Woodward and Jacob Battista

Lighting Design – Rachel Burke

Sound Design and Composition – Daniel Nixon

Dialect and voice coach – Matt Furlani

Stage Manager – Natasha Marich

Assistant Stage Manager – Chelsea Maron

Directing Secondment: Keegan Bragg

Featuring: Jessica Clarke, and Mollie Mooney (understudy)

Class, privilege, and pride collide in Gary Owen's award-winning re-imagining of the classic Greek myth.

‘What gets me through is knowing I took this pain, and saved all of you from suffering the same.’

Stumbling down Clifton Street at 11:30am drunk, Effie is the kind of girl you’d avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don’t know the half of it. Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more.

Effie will break your heart. Effie is going to save us all.

Inspired by the enduring Greek myth, Iphigenia in Splott drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings.

Iphigenia in Splott tells the story of a young woman who has no use for hopes or dreams… unless they belong to us. This powerful new adaptation of the enduring Greek myth drives home the high price people pay for society’s shortcomings.

Winner of Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2015

Available to Tour



Theatre, Drama


Suitable for 14+


110 minutes

Venue Format

Theatre, Civic/Cultural Centre, Black Box

Bump In

Bump in and perform same day

Minimum Stage Dimensions

3m deep x 4m wide

Touring Party

1 performers and 2 crew

Previous Season

Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre
28 July – 8 August, 2021
12 performances

What people are saying

★★★★1/2 “Theatre-starved audiences should make a beeline for this production, to remind themselves what quality acting can achieve… the final flourish in a visceral tour de force from Jessica Clarke, who gives a performance that will be hard to beat at acting awards.” The Age

“Jessica Clarke gives us a brilliant performance, by turns precise, whimsical, childlike, shocking, and moving.” Stage Whispers

“Jessica Clarke is an absolute master of her craft… one of the most incredible performances on the local scene” Lilithia Reviews

“Clarke is triumphant every step along the way. Just how she manages to pull together such an uncompromising performance you simply must see… Extraordinary.”  The Blurb

2022 Green Room Awards


Most Outstanding Production
Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre

Most Outstanding Direction
Gary Abrahams

Most Outstanding Performance
Jessica Clarke


Most Outstanding Costume Design
Jacob Battista & Sophie Woodward

Most Outstanding Set Design
Jacob Battista & Sophie Woodward

Key Audiences

Key Audiences:

  • Theatre Lovers – Drama
  • UK playwriting fans – in particular those with a Welsh or celtic heritage
  • Young People – told through the lens of a younger person the story resonates well with audiences 14-24.

Good to Know

  • Smash hit history – the story has strong appeal in all regions, with the ability to connect with a broad demographic
  • The social justice and class themes are a great inter-generational conversation starter
  • The original production was the first ever Welsh producing house to transfer to The National Theatre where it enjoyed a month-long sold out season.


Please talk to Critical Stages Touring about the potential for relaxed performances, and/or performances that are supported with Auslan interpretation.

About Gary Abrahams (Director)

Since graduating from The Victorian College of The Arts, Gary has established himself as one of Melbourne’s most critically respected and soughtafter freelance stage directors and theatre makers. His work encompasses large-scale commercial plays and musicals, main-stage works, independent shows and self-produced theatre projects.

He is a recipient of the Grave Wilson Trust Award for writing, the Jim Marks Scholarship for Artistic Practice, and a Mike Walsh Fellowship for directing. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and the winner of Green Room Award for directing. His recent credits include the Australian premiere of 33 Variations, The Ghetto Cabaret, the Australian premiere of Buyer and Cellar (Melbourne Theatre Company); Hand to God and Bad Jews (The Vass Theatre Group); Angels in America and Resident Alien (Cameron Lukey Productions).

His credits for Red Stitch include Pomona, Roam, The Pride, Day One. A Hotel. Evening, Laramie. 10 Years On and Oh Well Never Mind Bye. For his own company Dirty Pretty Things he has directed and written the plays The Lonely Wolf, Acts of Deceit (Between Strangers In A Room), Something Natural but Very Childish, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Krant and Therese Raquin.

About Red Stitch

Established in 2001, Red Stitch perform contemporary Australian plays and award-winning new writing from around the world in their intimate Melbourne venue. The company has presented over 100 original plays in their esteemed history.

They play a vital role in the development and presentation of new Australian works through their unique INK playwriting program, and offer opportunities for theatre-makers at all stages of their careers to hone and develop their craft.

Recent works include The Feather in the Web by Nick Coyle; Pomona by Alistair McDowell; Dance Nation by Clare Barron; and Lovesong by Abi Mogan. Their productions of Jane Bodie’s Lamb, Joanna Murray-Smith’s American Song, and Jurassica by Dan Giovannoni, all enjoyed national tours after critically-acclaimed seasons at Red Stitch.