The screams of the women of Troy reverberate through time, echoing into the contemporary world.This stylised ensem-
ble piece is a great introduction to the story of the Trojan War but also draws our attention to how parable functions
in Greek drama through archetype and myth.The tales of Hecuba, Helen, Cassandra, Andromache, and Talthibius become representations of familiar characters, social types and catego- ries.The result is a powerful, cathartic production that reaches out to young audiences making this ancient tale relevant and immediate.
Through questions and replaying scenes we examine how directorial choices in the production eclipse and highlight certain themes in the text.Alternative readings ofTalthibius and Helen tease out mechanisms of institutional violence and the dynamics of relationships shaped by seductive power and the concept of ‘the vixen’.Where time permits, we examine how dramatic moments may have achieve a different cathartic effect by highlighting individual character voices and less sym- bolic dramatic choices.
“The mortal who sacks fallen cities is a fool, his own turn must come”