play thirty eight: black medea

Author: Wesley Enoch Published: 2007 Synopsis: “Black Medea is Wesley Enoch’s richly poetic adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. Blending the cultures of Ancient Greek and Indigenous storytelling, Enoch weaves a commentary on contemporary Aboriginal experience.” (Synopsis taken from here). What moved me: The brilliance of this work is the deftness with which Enoch has insinuated the Medea narrative…

play thirty seven: the spirits play

Author: Kuo Pao Kun Published: 1998 Translator: C.J.W.L.Lee and Lee Chee Keng Synopsis: Five Japanese spirits – a General, a Man, a Mother, a Girl and a Poet – recall their life experience in the Second World War. They are collectively thrown into turmoil in the process of recollection and recall, and in their wish to “make…

play thirty six: shopping and fucking

Author: Mark Ravenhill Published: 1996 Synopsis: “The sexual violence of Shopping and Fucking explores what is possible if consumerism supersedes all other moral codes. To this effect everything, including sex, violence and drugs, is reduced to a mere transaction in an age where shopping centres are the new cathedrals of Western consumerism.” (sourced from good ol’…

play thirty five: fewer emergencies

Author: Martin Crimp Published: 2005 Synopsis: “A group of people sit and tell stories. The first is about a woman who realises her marriage is a mistake but stays, colluding with her husband in living a public lie while wreaking damage and violence behind closed doors. In the second a Dunblane type massacre has occurred;…

play thirty four: hippolytus

Author: Euripides Published: 428BC Translator: Anne Carson Synopsis: Aphrodite is furious for Hippolytus’ refusal of her power and his avowal of chastity to the goddess Artemis. She curses him by forcing his stepmother, Phaedra, to fall in love with him. Phaedra wishes to kill herself to be released from this illicit burden but her nurse…