CANCELLED: Theatre Performance: SHADOW. Eurydice says - Elfriede Jelinek

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CANCELLED: Theatre Performance: SHADOW. Eurydice says - Elfriede Jelinek

  • Thu 25 Nov 2021
  • 7:00PM

We regret to inform you that due to the Covid-19 situation in Austria, we have to postpone the event until further notice. We are already working on an alternative date and will update you as soon as it is confirmed.


'...as long as I can take my clothes with me, they are everything I am...'

Join us for a unique live theatre performance of 'SHADOW. Eurydice says', a stage adaption of Elfriede Jelinek's critically acclaimed work. The play is produced by renowned Austrian director and Nestroy Theatre Prize winner Sabine Mitterecker and performed by UK based actress Sarah Melis. Expect an outstanding theatre piece full of humour and ambiguity, composed in highly musical language.

This evening is developed for the ACF London to celebrate Elfriede Jelinek's 75th anniversary.

A THEATER.punkt production
with Sarah Melis
directed by Sabine Mitterecker
sound design by Wolfgang Musil


Orpheus and Eurydice are the embodiment of lovers.

As Eurydice dies prematurely bitten by a snake, Orpheus ventures into the underworld to bring her back to life, charming Hades with his music.

But what happens, if Eurydice doesn't want to return? What if she refuses to be seen as the token of his love that he needs to redeem? What if she even discards the versions of female identity offered to her? Discards them like last season's clothes? Ancient Greek myth and modern female reality are closely intertwined in Elfriede Jelinek's text, addressing us through the perspective of an unexpected speaker. What if the object of desire itself raises her voice?


Sabine Mitterecker, born in Austria, holds a Master's degree in philosophy and has been a director since the early 90ies. She later founded www.theaterpunkt.com and was the (co-)producer for many productions in Vienna and abroad. (including Berlin, France, Luxembourg, Gdansk, Sarajevo,Tirana and Switzerland). She received the Theatre Award NESTROY-PRIZE in 2000, 2002 and 2010.

Sarah Melis, born in Germany, currently based in Oxford, is a theatre and film actress. After engagements at Kammerspiele München, Theatre Konstanz und Baden-Baden, she is now a freelancer, working in English, German, Dutch and Greek. She was co-recipient of the Film Art Award 2019 at the "Festival des Deutschen Films".

Wolfgang Musil, born in Austria, is an associate lecturer at the Institute for Composition and Electroacoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna since 1985. He worked on numerous tape compositions, performances, sound installations, theatre music, literary settings, and radio plays. He has closely cooperated with THEATER.punkt and has been the sound director for Sabine Mitterecker's productions for many years.


Please note: Tickets are limited and need to be booked on our website in advance. You will not be able to attend the event without a pre-booked ticket.

Visitors must have a negative (rapid flow) covid test or be fully vaccinated. We ask you also to follow social distancing, wear a mask and sanitise your hands. Please do not visit the ACF if you have Covid symptoms.

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