22:00, Mon 21st – Wed 23rd February 2005 at Homerton Auditorium
Lent Week 5
HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED
The oldest and most famous of all the Greek tragedies is coming to
Cambridge. A tale of vengeance, hate and victory, the tale begins as the
Trojan War ends. Millions of men have left the country to join the Greek
troops leaving their women and families behind to fight their own battles.
The Queen takes control of the state. After ten years many things have
changed. The Queen, Clytemnestra, knows of the sacrifice that her husband
made to the gods for a 'safe journey' - their daughter. He comes home
without remorse, the great hero of the war, his mistress at his side. She
welcomes him with open arms, only to lure him into bed where she stabs him
to death in a spate of revenge. Her and her lover, the King's cousin, take
total control of the country and there is piece after the storm....until
the trilogy commences.
Dragged into 1945 this adaptation focuses on the tainted victory of all
wars. Women in men's roles. The traditional famed story is viewed through a
lens of foul elegance forcing people to the edge of their seat.