Play highlights women’s plight in society

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Nicole Grobler, Nobulali Nkayi, Boitumelo Mohutsioa, Estia Hendriksz and Claudia Herbst. PHOTO: ESTÉ STRYDOM

A production of Women of Troy, based on Euripides’ Trojan Women, directed by Thys Heydenrych, will be running at the Wynand Mouton Theatre from 17 – 19 May 2017.
Women of Troy is Euripides’ reflection on the war from 415 B.C., a time when Athens was engaging in one devastating military conflict after another.
Trojan Women dramatises the conditions experienced by Trojan women, following the devastating Trojan War. All the men of Troy had been killed, and the women, who had watched their husbands and children die fighting, had become the spoils of war.
The play tells the story of Queen Hecuba who takes stock of the defeated Troy. Her son, Hector, has been killed by Achilles, and his widow, Andromache, is left to raise their son, Astyanax, alone. Hecuba’s daughter, Cassandra, driven mad by her visions, is eager to meet her Greek master, and Helen of Troy tries to reconcile with her power-hungry husband, Menelaus, who is eager to kill her. All the women are waiting to hear to which Greek general they will be shipped off to as a concubine.
Euripides’ play is full of blame and bloodshed and vibrates with relevance, resonating current affairs in our country and abroad: the American presidential election; Anti-Trump protests; SA’s junk status; #FeesMustFall protests; farm killings; #ZumaMustFall protests; mass protests in Venezuela against President Maduro; Greek protests over Syrian refugees; Brexit; SA school children wreaking havoc in protests against the Department of Basic Education and so much more.
This powerful, riveting play is performed by second year students from the University of the Free State and takes a look at what happens after the world collapses. The play starts at 19:30 each evening and tickets are available at Computicket. An age restiction of 16 has been placed on the play. – Seithati Semenokane
seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za