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THE TROJAN WOMEN by Euripides 415 BC
Translated and adapted by Edward Philip Coleridge 1910
Adapted and directed by Pauline Armour 2020
In Greek mythology the Trojan War was a war between the Greeks and the people of Troy. The strife began after the Trojan Prince Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. When Menelaus demanded her return the Trojans refused. Menelaus then persuaded his brother Agamemnon to lead an army against Troy. Troy was besieged by the Greeks for ten years and was finally beaten when the Greek army built and hid inside a huge wooden horse which the Trojans thought was a gift and dragged inside their city walls. In the night, the Greek army emerged from the horse and slaughtered all of the men and boys in Troy. ‘The Trojan Women’ is set in the immediate aftermath of the sacking of Troy as the women wait amongst the ruins before they are exiled as slaves to the Greeks.
This adaptation is non–specific in terms of era, and could be in any war zone throughout history, including what continues to take place in many countries of the world today.
Poseidon, God of the Sea: He built the city of Troy alongside Apollo the God of the Sun.
Pallas Athene, Goddess of Reason: She has supported the Greeks in their war against Troy.
Hecuba, Queen of Troy: She has witnessed the death of her husband King Priam and her sons and awaits her exile as a slave to the Greeks.
Chorus of Trojan Women: All have witnessed the death of male members of their families and await their exile as slaves to the Greeks.
Talthybios: Envoy of the Greek Army responsible for carrying out the orders of his leaders.
Cassandra: The daughter of Hecuba, a prophetess pledged to the worship of Apollo.
Andromache: Hecuba’s daughter in law, Hector’s widow, mother to Astyanax a young boy.
Menelaus: King of Sparta, Helen’s husband before she eloped to Troy with Hecuba’s son, Paris.
Helen: Known in legend as ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’. Queen of Sparta until the Goddess Aphrodite gave her as a reward to Paris. Their elopement to Troy is the origin of the Trojan War.
Cast in order of recording: –
|Pallas Athena||Hazal Han|
|Leader of the Chorus||Jan Greenhough|
|Chorus (2)||Jane Kustner|
|Chorus (3)||Olivia Kennett|
|Chorus (4)||Jennie Mesure|
|Chorus (5)||Sally Bishop|
|Chorus (6)||Karen O’Neill|
|Chorus (7)||Hazal Han|
|Astyanax||Iris Adams (Recorded baby sounds of 4 month old baby)|
|Helen||Alice Rose Foster|
|Chorus (8)||Bruce Wallace|
|Chorus (9)||Howie Ripley|
|Chorus (10)||Gerald Bishop|
Creative team: –
|Sound design and editing||Rob Widdicombe|
|Foley||Yasmine Irian Angeni|
|Sound recording||Andrew Shaw|
|Technical support||Simon Tyrrell – Lewis|
Credits for ‘The Blameless Ones’, song in Scene 11
|Music and lyrics||Rob Widdicombe|
|Arrangement of vocal harmonies||Chris Gardner|
|Art work on YouTube||Olivia Kennett|