A god who doesn’t fit in.
A woman barely holding on.
A king who refuses to dance.

What happens when they all let go?


Hailed as one of the finest of the Greek tragedies, The Bacchae by Euripides is a retelling of an ancient Greek myth of the god Dionysus.

Working from the original ancient myth and with Euripides text, Ewan has written an entirely new play for the 21st century, weaving together expert storytelling, ritual dance, and songs in ancient Greek. This story is a ritual retelling: a story about the parts of ourselves we’ve turned our backs on or have lost along the way, and what happens when we let them out.

An invocation, a celebration, a sacrifice.


A thrilling experience, packed with promise.

Joyce McMillan for ACHILLES, The Scotsman


Written and Performed by:
Ewan Downie

Ian Spink

Dramaturg and Music Direction:
Anna Porubcansky

Set and Costume Design:
Alisa Kalyanova

Lighting Design:
Katharine Williams

Production Manager:
Craig Fleming

Technical Stage Manager:
Catherine Idle

Marketing and PR:
Jane Hamilton

Producer :
Corinne Salisbury

Associate Director:
Heather Knudtsen

We would like to thank the below people and organisations for their help and support in making THE BACCHAE happen:

Grahams Family Dairy
Royal Lyceum Theatre
National Theatre of Scotland
Catherine Wheels Theatre Company
Barrowland Ballet
James Gardner


September 22, 2023 7:30 pm
The Barn, Banchory
01330 825431
September 23, 2023 7:30 pm
The Barn, Banchory
01330 825431
October 6, 2023 7:30 pm
The Byre Theatre St Andrews
01334 475000