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…

play twenty seven: cleansed

Author: Sarah Kane Published: 1998 Synopsis: this is the first Kane that I have read and I find it difficult to articulate the explosion of images that it created within me. I’m going to fall back upon Mark Ravenhill’s fantastic Guardian article about his relationship with her as a writer, in which he said the…

play eight: speaking in tongues

Author: Andrew Bovell Published: 1996 Synopsis: “Two couples set out to betray their partners… A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone… A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect… Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers. In Andrew Bovell’s masterfully interconnected polyphony,…

play seven: don juan comes back from the war

Author: Ödön von Horváth Published: 1938 Synopsis: Don Juan returns from the Great War in search of his jilted fiancee. In this period of massive inflation and despair he is the only man left alive. The world now revolves around women, who cannot help but revolve around him. Contracting influenza, his journey to the house of…