Greek Theatre Workshop – Wed 8th October – The Oresteia, Aeschylus, 6pm

Our exploration of Greek Theatre continues this Wednesday at the earlier time of 6pm (not 5pm as previously announced) at The Casa, Hope Street, Liverpool.

An incredibly violent tale of betrayal, lust for power, revenge and justice. It tales the tale of the House of Atreus, the killing of Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra, her death, in turn, at the hands of her son Orestes and the pursuit of him to justice by the Furies (female creatures who punish evil-doers), as well as Atreus killing his brother, Thyestes’, sons and feeding to him, 2000 years before Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

It is also a fascinating story showing the rise of Greek society from barbarianism to civilisation, from the tribe and kinship to the city state, which shines a light on pre-Christian morality, also revealing the replacement of a matriarchal tribe by a patriarchal urban society.

All in all The Oresteia takes us back to the very origins of drama from its religious/communal origins. The only existing tetralogy we have (a series of three plays followed by a Satyr) written in 458BC.

Workshop costs £3/£2 – all welcome, beginners and experienced alike.

These workshops will lead into auditions for our Spring 2015 production of Euripides’ Medea.