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The Suppliant Women

The Suppliant Women

David Greig, Aeschylus

ISBN: 9780571341610

If we help, we invite trouble. If we don't, we bring shame. Fifty women board a boat in North Africa. They flee across the Mediterranean, leaving everything behind.

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If we help, we invite trouble. If we don't, we bring shame. Fifty women board a boat in North Africa. They flee across the Mediterranean, leaving everything behind.

They are escaping forced marriage in their home and seeking asylum in Greece.Written 2,500 years ago, The Suppliant Women is one of the world's oldest plays. It's about the plight of refugees, about moral and human rights, civil war, democracy and ultimately the triumph of love. It tells a story that echoes down the ages to find striking and poignant resonance today.Featuring in performance a chorus of local women, this is part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology.

It explores fundamental questions of humanity: who are we, where do we belong and, if all goes wrong, who will take us in?Aeschylus' The Suppliant Women, in a version by David Greig, premiered at the Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, in October 2016, in a production by ATC.
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David Greig

David Greig

David Greig’s award winning work includes The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart (Tron Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland); Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre/Tricycle Theatre, UK and international tour);  Dunisinane (RSC at Hampstead Theatre and National Theatre of Scotland tour ); Damascus (Traverse Theatre, Scotland and the Tricycle Theatre ) and Miniskirts Of Kabul ... view full profile

Aeschylus

Aeschylus

Aeschylus was the earliest of the three great tragic poets of Greece-Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. He was born at Eleusis in 525 B.C.E., served in the Athenian army, and fought in the pivotal battles of the great Greek war with the Persians, including at Marathon. He showed himself as a great writer at a young age, but did not win a dramatic competition before his late 30s. After that, he ... view full profile

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