Theatre Preview: Oresteia, 27 – 29 March, Traverse Theatre

29 Feb

Prepare for a bit culture: coming to the Traverse from Thursday 27 until Saturday 29 of March is Oresteia.

As most readers of will no doubt be aware, The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus.

The Oresteia was originally performed at the Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BC, where it won first prize. There are more nuggets like that to impress your friends with over at Wikipedia.

Presented by the Lazzi experimental arts unit, and premiered at Cumbernauld Theatre in October 2007, the play contains a solo performance by Sandy Grierson, an actor once referred to by Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman as “perhaps the most compelling performer on the Scottish stage today”.

In this adaptation, the hero, Orestes (Grierson), appears before us, his judges, to answer to the crime of matricide.

According to Lazzi:

Robert Potter’s 1886 translation has been pared down to an absolute minimum. Staged with extreme simplicity, with a haunting soundtrack by Davey Anderson (Black Watch), this is a visually stunning and challenging piece of theatre that sears its place in the mind.

Sounds like one to catch if you can.

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