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Iphigenia in Splott

By: Gary Owen
Narrated by: Sophie Melville
Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (217 ratings)
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Winner of UK Theatre Awards Best New Play, 2017
Winner of James Tait Black Award for Best New Play, 2017
Nominated for Drama Desk Outstanding Solo Performance, 2018
New York Times Critic’s Pick


Iphigenia was Agamemnon’s daughter, sacrificed by her father to ensure a fair wind to Troy and to further the ambitions of men. But who are the Iphigenias of today, being sacrificed in the pursuit of growth and profit? Seeing the heart torn out of your community and services cut is like having your tongue put out. -The Guardian

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Ladies and gents, I’ve come to collect.
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I see him seeing me.
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As on my own as I can be.
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I remember shouting like that.

  • Ladies and gents, I’ve come to collect.
  • I see him seeing me.
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Sophie Melville introduces Iphigenia in Splott

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"Rachel O’Riordan captures the play’s many tonal changes in her production, which is fluid and textured." (The Stage

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Short, but Hard Hitting!

Iphigenia in Splott, what an absolute triumph! Sophie Melville delivers the kind of performance that just defies description in Gary Owen's powerful play. Effie is a character that at first seems to lack any kind of redeeming feature and make no mistake if you don't like swearing you are going to have a difficult time with her. Check out the samples provided before downloading to get a fair idea of what to expect.

Effie's a product of a country where we've lost all true sense of value sacrificing what's truly important on an altar of corporate greed. Where basic services are valued lower than profit and fat cat bonuses.

Once you get past her rough exterior you notice that underneath there is a kind of nobility about Effie as she gets dragged down by a world that doesn't have the time or resources to care. This really is a play for our times and Melville's performance is as good as anything I have ever heard on Audible! It sent shivers down my spine, revolted me, enthralled me and in no small measure moved me.

This is rough, hard-edged and challenged me to think yet again about how skewed our value system has become!

Footnote: The play only lasts about an hour and twenty minutes with the last half an hour or so being an additional feature; interviews with Owen and Melville. Still interesting but means the play might come to a halt quicker than you might have imagined.

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wonderful and disturbing.

You hate then love Effy in this marvelous re-telling of a torrid Greek take. Capricious god's and wild heroines are alive and kicking in Wales.

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captivating, hilarious, shocking, heartbreaking<br />

I wasn't sure about this at initially but I am so glad that I took the time to listen. A truly well considered, empathetic and compassionate view of a character that most would write off. We all rise and fall based on the expectations placed on us by society and our belief of whether we are deserving of love and compassion

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PHENOMENAL!!!!

absolutely amazing performance!!
my favourite Audible book in many years.
I was captivated from start to finish.

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Powerful and gritty monologue. Excellent!

brilliant monologue that i couldnt stop listening to till the end. Fantastic performer. Just hooked you in and made every word believable.

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Poignant

When I listened to this, I was driving. At first, I detested the protagonist. I wanted to turn it off. but I couldn't. I'm glad I was driving. Annoying as she was, I couldn't help but connect with Iphi. Well done.

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One of the best things I have ever listened to

An amazing story and performance. So glad I went back to it after deciding it wasn’t for me in the first ten minutes. Having nothing better to do, I listened to the interviews and decided to give it another go. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

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Amazing, could not stop listening

I listened to the whole play in one go even after getting home in the middle of the night from a long haul flight. It was utterly gripping. I’m from Wales and the feel of Effie, her Nan, her boyfriend was perfection - she reminded me of people I knew. The story is wonderful and the interviews with playwright and actress also added to the overall enjoyment of the piece.

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Top class

Hope to see this play live. The girl Sophie melville is outstanding.
Felt every emotion, pictured every scene as if I was there with her. Very well written and read. Thankyou.

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Greek, but Welsh. But more universal than that...

I had no clue what to expect. I’ve never read the classics, couldn’t even tell you why I chose to download this play. But I’m extremely glad I did. It’s clearly a very contemporary take on an ancient theme, and written with such poigniancy that the actor’s personality and message are delivered with a clarity and power that it’s impossible to hate her. Impossible not to empathise, in the end. Fantastic performance. Obnoxious character. Terrifying reality. Vivid reality. Well worth a listen.

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  • Jonathon Horel
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Iphigenia moves from Aulis to Splott

If you listen to nothing else, listen to this play. Very raw. Very real. It brings into focus, with painful clarity, what it means to be sacrificed "for the good of the State".