The Trojan Women

Event Details

  • Available now on Bromley Little Theatre YouTube channel


  • Online event
  • North Street, Bromley, BR1 1SB

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.

Character Description

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: –

PoseidonGerald Bishop
Pallas AthenaHazal Han
HecubaRoxana Graves
Leader of the ChorusJan 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
TalthybiosBruce Wallace  
CassandraBethan Boxall
AndromacheAlicia Clarke
AstyanaxIris Adams (Recorded baby sounds of 4 month old baby)
MenelausHowie Ripley 
HelenAlice Rose Foster
Chorus (8)Bruce Wallace
Chorus (9)Howie Ripley
Chorus (10)Gerald Bishop


Creative team: –

DirectorPauline Armour
Sound design and editingRob Widdicombe
FoleyYasmine Irian Angeni
Sound recordingAndrew Shaw
Technical supportSimon Tyrrell – Lewis


Credits for ‘The Blameless Ones’, song in Scene 11

Music and lyricsRob Widdicombe
Arrangement of vocal harmoniesChris Gardner
SingerOlivia Kennett
Art work on YouTubeOlivia Kennett