Following the dreadful fates of the male soldiers of Troy, Women of Troy shines a light on a nation of women who must band together to rebuild the foundations of their community…
The very essence of the community was prominent throughout the piece which I felt was communicated brilliantly throughout. The piece highlighted a well observed part of human nature, that when we find ourselves in man made or natural disasters, we as humans come together to help one another. I found that although the piece was written thousands of years ago, it still resonated with the present as it drew upon issues such as war, which is very relevant in today’s climate. Euripides was a forerunner for the female voice in theatre, depicting a strength that had barely been seen on stage.
I felt that the cast were a defiant army of their own preparing for battle. Although the Trojan women had become spoils of war, their history, their roots and their inner strength could not be taken away from them by the Greeks. Euripides carved three-dimensional female characters through poetic yet political verses that really made me empathise with the characters. The talented ensemble effectively shaped the landscape with vivid imagery and fantastic choral work. I felt that Alice Brown’s Hecuba was truly regal yet resilient, caring yet sophisticated as she served as a figurehead for the women of Troy. This was beautifully contrasted by Kerrian Burton’s Cassandra who was playful yet daring, witty yet ethereal. All in all I give Women of Troy a 4/5.
Women of Trory
Directed & Designed by Ricky Dukes