THE WOMEN OF TROY

by euripides
A version by Don Taylor

As dawn breaks on the ruins of Troy, destroyed by the avenging Greeks after ten long years of war, the city’s queen, Hecuba and the Trojan women are confronted by the brutal reality of the battle and the cruelty of their fates.

Euripides anti-war tragedy unfolds in a series of lamentations that question the traditional pantheon of gods and the morality of men who seek revenge under the guise of justice. The play exposes the universal brutality of war and the tragic truth; that while war is devastating, particularly for the women and children of the vanquished, everyone suffers – victims and victors alike.

“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
Tuesday 5 May: 11.30am

Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Preston
Wednesday 6 May: 1.00pm
Thursday 7 May: 10.00am (Q&A) & 1.00pm
Friday 8 May: 10.00am (Q&A)

Geelong Grammar School, Corio
Monday 11 May: 6.30pm (Q&A)

The Drum Theatre, Dandenong

Wednesday 13 May: 1.00pm

Thursday 14th May: 10.00am (Q&A) & 1.00pm

COST

STUDENT - $28.00

SCHOOL GROUPS -
1 x complimentary teacher
per 25 students

*Additional teachers- $28.00 each

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

‘Women of troy' by Euripides
toured to theatres in metro and regional Victoria