Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Theatre review: The Trojan Women
Jason Southgate's thrust design of the stage sees a dilapidated ward with cartoon animals still showing on the walls as an unlikely backdrop to this particularly bleak tragedy. As well as their status as slaves-to-be, the women's helplessness in the face of war is a constantly recurring theme of the play and the central two women represent very different sides of this: Molloy's wonderfully icy Hecuba is unable to suppress the superiority she's enjoyed all her life even in the face of her whole family being ripped to pieces (often literally) in front of her. While the Chorus represents a woman whose life under Priam's rule is nothing like the golden age of Troy Hecuba believes she presided over, and who actually hoped for the Greeks to defeat their rulers only to meet with betrayal when they did.
The Trojan Women by Euripides in a version by Caroline Bird is booking until the 15th of December at the Gate Theatre.
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes straight through.