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Sophocles' Electra-cal and timeless Greek tragedy
Emerging independent theatre company, No White Elephant, will be bringing to life one of Greek theatre's greatest tragedies at TAP Gallery this June. Sophocles' ELECTRA is a dark tale of revenge, loyalty, murder, justice, familial duty and morality; timeless themes, just as relevant today as they were in ancient Greece 2,500 years ago.
No White Elephant was founded in 2006 by students of the University of Western Sydney's Bachelor of Performance Degree. The company has gone from strength to strength founded on a simple philosophy of making good theatre. They believe that "Theatre is not "nice". Theatre is hysterical. Theatre is dangerous. Theatre is desperate." And all these qualities will be starkly on display in ELECTRA, one of only seven of Sophocles' more than 100 plays to survive in complete form.
And what a tale it is. Electra is a grieving and bitter daughter, intent on avenging the murder of her father, Agamemnon (he of Trojan War fame) ten years ago, by her mother Clytemnestra and Clytemnestra's lover, Aegisthus. She places all hope for this revenge in the long-awaited return of her brother, Orestes. The story uses plot devices such as cloaked identities and role-playing, that were taken up with such gusto by Shakespeare some 2,000 years later. And of course, where would any Greek tragedy be without its chorus to provide a commentary on the action?
The play will feature performances by Amy Scott-Smith as Electra, Nicole Wineberg as her sister, Chrysothemis, Nathaniel Scotcher as her brother, Orestes, Cat Martin as Clytemnestra, and Dominic McDonald as Aegisthus. It is directed by Richard Hilliar.
Details When: Wednesday 5 to Saturday 15 June. Where:TAP Gallery, 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst. Tickets: Available online here. Cost: $24 adults, $20 concession More information: Visit the Facebook page here.