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The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree

Presented by Omnibus Theatre and Collide Theatre

World Premiere of Lisa Langseth's play

Playing at the Omnibus Theatre in South London from the 4th to the 22th April 2023


Daphne is desperate to re-invent herself. Class, looks, money, men. 

Daphne is a young woman living in a world governed by toxic masculinity and scrupulous judgement. With no support network, plummeting mental health and growing paranoia, Daphne gradually loses touch with reality.  


The Woman Who Turned into a Tree is a world premiere from writer Lisa Langseth (Love & Anarchy, Netflix) and director Emily Louizou. Fusing original music with live sound and movement, this new play inspired by the Daphne myth is a timely tale about isolation, identity and destructive obsession with the opinions of others. 

Writer: Lisa Langseth 

Director: Emily Louizou

Translator: Rochelle Wright

Set & Costume Design: Ioana Curelea

Music Composition: David Denyer

Movement Direction: Ioli Filippakopoulou

Lighting Design: Amy Hill

Dramaturgy: Sam Pout 

Stage Manager: Steph Siraut

Assistant Director: Alexandra Stroming

Assistant Producer: Sanjana Samaddar

Assistant Stage Manager: Eve Wilson 

Photography: Lucy Feng & Dan Tsantilis 

Performed by: 

Bathsheba Piepe and Ioli Filippakopoulou 

And a special thank you to Richard Hope for lending his voice to the show as Daphne's father.



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"The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree is a triumph in introspective storytelling which is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. It is relevant for anyone who feels as though they may be sinking at times under the weight of expectation or isolation and uses a clever mythology-influence to deliver its messages in a fun and unpredictable way utilising great creative movement. It is stronger for its direct and authoritative style which comes across as both measured and authentic, while still leaving room for its audience to interpret their own outcomes. Its cool set and funky soundtrack are matched by outstanding performances. If this show began a seed, it is well on its way to becoming a tree."

All That Dazzles

A fable-cum-horror story, atmospherically directed by Emily Louizou. Piepe’s performance feels genuinely fraught while Filippakopoulou, also movement director, very creepily manifests Daphne’s fracturing, doubling over, as if in pain, slipping out of the wardrobe or staggering across the floor. There are voiceovers, too, it all verges on the baroque but never gets hammy and there is excellently eerie music by David Denyer.

The Guardian


"The play is an ode to a woman’s bumpy journey towards a difficult metamorphosis. In our story, the Tree stands for self-growth, self-love and self-care. Inspired by the Ancient Greek myth of the nymph Daphne, the piece follows Daphne, a 30-year old woman, as she tries to reinvent herself. While Daphne is desperately looking to create a version of herself which her society would deem as acceptable or even respectable, I come to wonder how many sacrifices young women keep making in order to shoehorn themselves (their bodies, their ideas, their lives) into what others want for them.

"The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree
depicts a woman’s frantic race to keep up with the latest fashion trends, latest stereotypes about how the ‘perfect’ woman should look, talk, walk, eat, sleep, flirt. Our Daphne is obsessed with how others perceive her and that’s why she keeps running away from her own self, from her own wildness and madness. But soon she realises that this race is pointless, it
turns her into an empty shell, void of emotions and of real desires. 

In the myth Daphne pleads to her father so he can turn her into a tree and save her from Apollo’s manic chase. The myth would always make me angry: why should a young woman, who is very clear about not wanting to have sex with a horny God, should have to sacrifice her human existence in order to escape rape? Working with Lisa Langseth, the writer, in developing this production has been a real privilege. Lisa’s way of re-inventing the Greek myth and re-introducing Daphne in a modern context comes with a lot of wit, humour, and a beautiful touch of magical realism.

Emily Louizou - Read the full article here!


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