Medusa Incarnate

4.46 (27)

Medusa Incarnate

8 performances between Sept. 3, 2018 and Sept. 13, 2018
Directed by Dara Beth • Written and Performed by Kate Pinchuck • Sound Design by Joshua Biggs • Choreography by Mlondiwethu Dubazane • Stage Managed by Masali Baduza • Presented by Kate Pinchuck in collaboration with The Furies
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She’s a bad bitch with snakes for hair and a glance that turns men to stone, but literally only gets two lines in most mythology textbooks. Basically, her Wikipedia needs a serious update.

Ovation Award-winning Medusa Incarnate is a contemporary retelling of the Greek Medusa myth. Except, Medusa’s dead now and (spoiler alert!) so are you. Don’t panic - Medusa’s got you covered. From her pink plastic paradise, she’ll guide you through Hades. Turns out the underworld is more of a party than anyone expected, and actually, hell is just never getting to take off your heels. But like, ever.

Winner of the Standard Bank Ovation Award at the 2018 National Arts Festival 

“An irreverent, bubbly and contemporary Medusa retells Greek mythology in a highly relatable, eccentric and humorous way. A fun quirky one-woman show” – Nita Coetzee (The Herald) 

“Former Athenian priestess turned Gorgon, Medusa, tells her epic life story from her point of view in this witty, tongue-in-cheek tale from Greek mythology. Cleverly narrated and performed by writer and artist Kate Pinchuck, the story of the monstrous woman with venomous snakes for hair [...] has a few extra twists and turns” – Devon Koen (The Herald)

“Kate Pinchuck wowed, stunned, shocked and entertained in her one-woman show Medusa Incarnate. Pinchuck served us Medusa like we’ve never seen her before. She gave such a powerful performance that to say she was “charismatic” would be an understatement. [...] If you’ve ever wondered about Medusa or her story, or if you’re simply a lover of Greek mythology then this show is a definite must-see. And if you’re not one for the Greeks then see it anyway and you might just change your mind.”  - Toby Ngomane (Cue Media)

Audience Responses

'Medusa incarnate' brings the icon to life in a fresh, fierce way. Kate Pinchuck's writing is rich, warm, inviting and playful. She invites the viewer to hear her side of events in a hilarious yet thought-provoking manner.

Esti • Attended Sept. 5, 2018, 9 p.m.

Thoroughly entertaining, amazing set, funny and relevant, and a very exciting performance and new talent.

Tamsyn • Attended Sept. 7, 2018, 9 p.m.

I thought it was quirky, funny and thoroughly entertaining. Hats off to the performer for maintaining our attention so raptly for almost an hour! I would definitely recommend to friends.

Mark • Attended Sept. 5, 2018, 9 p.m.

Really great acting and improv

Daniel • Attended Sept. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.

The show was amazing

Andre • Attended Sept. 12, 2018, 9 p.m.

Very competent performance. Weak, amateurish script.

Gordon • Attended Sept. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.

Sort of feminist revision of Greek myth as stand-up with lights, sound and set. Kate Pinchuck has great comedy timing - though not sure the production completely sustains. Enjoyed!

Nigel • Attended Sept. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.

Kate is such a talented human being ,inspiring and brave .She will excell in many more things as she is following her passion which shows in Medusa .Loved it!

Nadia • Attended Sept. 7, 2018, 9 p.m.

Hilarious and smart. I want to see it again!

Alexandra • Attended Sept. 4, 2018, 9 p.m.

Stunning show!

Sue • Attended Sept. 5, 2018, 9 p.m.


Nigel • Attended Sept. 4, 2018, 9 p.m.

LOVED LOVED the Show! Well done Kate! We would LOVE to see a sequel!!

Samantha • Attended Sept. 11, 2018, 9 p.m.

While I enjoyed the show and thought the concept was excellently executed (my reading was that at the end one is not meant to cheer on as Medusa downs the bottle of liquor), I do think that it was a little too intellectual (if that can ever be a bad thing) and expected a lot of the audience (to have a knowledge of Greek mythology, toxic masculinity, rape culture in South Africa etc.) and in that sense the show was probably the most flawed, as it seemed to be very much aimed at preaching to the converted choir and made it unaccessible to audiences that weren't in the know. So this could mean that the highest emotional moment (Medusa being raped by poseidon) does not come across as a major turning point or emotional climax to which the audience responds to, and instead all they see is the superficial party girl persona and thus gladly cheer for her as she drowns herself in liquor and the ever obsession with appearance and being "ready" for the next party.

Hendri • Attended Sept. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.

It was original, humorous and Kate was excellent. Hope we see more of her!

Melanie • Attended Sept. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.

Think she show could've been more provocative, incorporated more evil celebrity references like Hitler and been less girly

Pierre • Attended Sept. 13, 2018, 9 p.m.

Ms Pinchuck has a great stage presence and well-developed writing skills. The audience loved the play, as did I and my companion.