THE WOMEN OF TROY

by euripides
A version by Don Taylor

An industrial port of a war torn city: women survivors wait to be shipped abroad as the spoils of war. A grandmother, once queen, watches as her remaining family are taken from her one by one while Troy burns. 

Euripides’ anti-war tragedy focuses on the horrifying consequences of violence.  It is a story told by the anguished voices of women who are the collateral damage in a war they didn’t make, in a world where they have little power. The heavy cost is evident for both sides and we are confronted with the notion that the trauma, suffering, wreak and ruin of this war is being played out today on a global scale.

“Only the dead shed no tears. They are beyond weeping.” - Hecuba

*Selected performances are followed by a Q&A with the cast and director. Company members have detailed knowledge of the play, the language, its historical context and can lead critical discussion on the text and its place in today's world.

 

SUITABILITY

Year 11 - 12
VCE English/EAL,
VCE Theatre Studies,
VCE Drama


IDEA/ISSUE/Theme

Cost of War, Justice, Fate,
Revenge, Role of Women


DURATION

90 minutes, no interval
30 minutes Q&A session*


TOURING TO THEATRES

EASTBANK CENTRE, SHEPPARTON

Wednesday 1 May - 11.30am

THE DRUM THEATRE, DANDENONG

Thursday 2 May - 1.00pm
Friday 3 May - 10.00am (Q&A)
Friday 3 May -1.00pm

GEELONG PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Monday 6 May - 1.00pm
Tuesday 7 May - 10.30am (Q&A) 

DAREBIN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Wednesday 8 May - 7.30pm*
Thursday 9 May - 10.00am (Q&A) LIMITED TICKETS
Thursday 9 May - 1.00pm

COST

STUDENT - $27.50
ADULT - $30.00

SCHOOL GROUPS -
1 complimentary teacher
per 25 students

*General public performance all bookings via Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre available early 2019


Seeing the play performed rather than just reading it is invaluable for our students’ learning.
— Kyneton Secondary College

‘Medea' by Euripides
toured to theatres in metro and regional Victoria 2015 - 2018