Cast of Thessalus and Medea

Thessalus and Medea

Writer / Director – Jan Hendrik Verstraten
Producer – Massimo Barbato


Thessalus travels to his mother the oracle Medea’s hide-out to kill her, only to discover his vitriol is misplaced


The Cast


Emanuela Ponzano / Medea the Oracle

An award-winning and versatile actress in both cinema and theatre, Emanuela was born in Brussels and attended drama school at Belgium’s Conservatoire Royal of Liege. She has starred in several films by accomplished directors, including John Irvin, and won a National Artistic Award for her acting in Italy, and a nomination for the prestigious “Prix Jacques Huisman”  theatre award. Emanuela recently wrote, directed, and acted in the multi-award-winning ‘La Slita’ (The Sled)- a short film currently under consideration for the Oscars in 2018.


David Cotter / Thessalus, Greek warrior, son of Medea and Jason the Argonaut 

A talented graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, British-born David began acting with the National Youth Theatre and is now embarking on a career both on screen and in theatre.



Rhys Howells / Posidonius, Greek warrior, best friend to Thessalus

Welsh-born Rhys, caught the acting bug whilst studying politics at Exeter University. He has since appeared as the lead in several indie features, in HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the long-running British soap Hollyoaks. Rhys was recently in a ground-breaking retelling of the story of Jesus Christ, playing the character of Judas in virtual reality.


Julia Righton / the Nurse to Medea

Julia trained at the Drama Centre London under Yat Malmgren and Christopher Fettes, and her illustrious theatre career has included roles in The Duchess of Malfi, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet (Lyceum, Edinburgh) and Shakespeare for Everyone (Royal Shakespeare Company). Her film and television credits include ‘Dr Who’ and Judge Dredd, and she made her Royal Ballet debut in 2016, in Will Tuckett’s Elizabeth I.


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