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 twenty eight: love me tender

Author: Tom Holloway Published: 2010 Synopsis: Father is a fire-fighter, the local hero, and his youngest daughter has just been born. His love for her is unlike any other kind of love – deep, long, protective – but as she heads towards adolescence he has to confront how our hyper-sexual culture is forcing young girls…

play twenty: antigone in a version by bertolt brecht

Author: Sophocles/Bertolt Brecht Translator: Judith Malina Published: 441BCE/1948/1990 Synopsis: Polyneices, son of Oedipus and brother of Antigone and Ismene, is refused burial by their uncle King Creon for fighting his brother Eteocles in the Theban civil war. Antigone refuses to allow this transgression against divine law – the gods decree that all bodies must be buried – to…

play sixteen: hecuba #2

Author: Euripides Translator: Anne Carson Published: c.424BC Synopsis: A tragedy set before the Greek forces depart after the sacking of Troy. Trojan Queen Hecuba, wife of Priam, has been reduced to servitude. Her daughter Polyxena (a “shooting star that wipes itself across the play and disappears” [Carson, 2006]) is sacrificed by Odysseus and Agamemnon to appease…

play five: agamemnon

Author: Aeschylus Translator: David Grene and Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty Published: 458BC Synopsis: The Chorus and Clytemnestra clamour for the return of her husband and king, Agamemnon, from his victory in the Trojan War. However, a pall is cast as his death at Clytemnestra’s hands is increasingly foreshadowed. It is prophesied by Cassandra (the Trojan princess…