|ANCIENT Greeces most violent woman dominates the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond. All this week, Euripides Medea has been electrifying audiences. In keeping with traditional Greek theatre, the King, the masculine male lead, and the chorus, are all present on stage. What is unique about this tragedy is the power and dominance of the protagonist, Medea. The story is one of gruesome deaths at the hand of a vengeful woman. An exquisite performance by the Northern Broadside cast makes this production hypnotising. Tom Paulin rewrote the play and the literary wizardry is brilliant. The script is up-todate, but not painfully modernised. The power and quality of the script is of course, down to Euripides, but the underlying connotations of real human feeling and empathetic ability come from Paulin. The cast was chosen on acting and musical ability, and what a difference this makes under the direction of Barrie Rutter. Each actors musical background is seamlessly filtered into the performance, creating an additional layer to the tragedy, a layer of blues, which lifts it above the normal standards of Greek play productions. As one audience member exclaimed in the post-show discussion: The harmonicas were a stroke of genius. Nina Kristofferson (right) who plays, or should I say, engulfs the part of Medea, delivers an intensity that many professional actors never come close to. She is captivating and fully intimidating she owns, and is possessed by, the script and the stage. A superb performance. Lola McEvoy Performances continue with a matinee tomorrow as well as evening performances tonight and tomorrow; tel 01748-825252 for tickets, 9- 17.50, with concessions for students and groups.