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Electra, The Bunker – Review

Credit: Lidia Crisafulli

Pros: The pulsating soundtrack, which is performed live on stage by the actors. Cons: This ‘reinvention’ of the classic story is more of a superficial update, and it’s in need of a good edit. For those of you whose classics are a bit rusty, a summary: Electra is the daughter of Agamemnon, one of those Greek kings who spent a decade across the sea trying to come up with the Trojan Horse. With Troy finally conquered, Agamemnon returns home to Argos, only to find ...

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Our Ajax, Southwark Playhouse – Review

SophoclesAdapted by Timberlake WertenbacherDirected by David Mercatali★★★ Pros: Thought provoking and deeply meaningful script, raising questions of life and death whilst making a mockery of modern warfare. Star-filled cast makes it feel less Fringe and more West End. Cons: The dialogues don’t quite manage to glue together and some characters seem to appear just out of the blue. A handful of funny anachronisms. Our Verdict: A blood-soaked adaptation of a Greek classic with a stellar cast. Despite some plot gaps, ...

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Camden Fringe: Ajax, Etcetera Theatre

Part of the Camden Fringe 2013Sophocles, translated by Peter MaineckDevised by: Theatro Rheo★★ Pros: An emphatically physical depiction. Cons: The storyline is hard to discern, especially for anyone with no prior knowledge of the tale. Our Verdict: Better for fans of avant-garde theatre but may not be accessible enough for some people. Courtesy of Theatro Rheo Tuesday afternoon found me upstairs at The Oxford Arms on Camden High Street where the Etcetera theatre is located. As part of the Camden Fringe, Theatre ...

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The Last Hour of Antigone, Camden People’s Theatre

Raul Quiros Molina  Directed by Sarah Provencal  ★★ Pros: An interesting production. It may not seem like an obvious ‘must-see’ show but I thought it was a worthwhile hour and a slightly left-field choice.  Cons: The acting was rather heavy with some odd choreography. You may find it helpful to track down a synopsis of the original classic play beforehand.  Our Verdict: A bold attempt, but ultimately this production is difficult to engage with and really enjoy.  Courtesy of the ...

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Oedipus, Blue Elephant Theatre

Sophocles Directed by Ricky Dukes ★★★★ Pros: A brilliant example of how Greek Tragedy can be made relevant to the modern day, and accessible to all audiences. Cons: One or two moments of slightly “shouty” acting where more emotion could perhaps have come through. Our Verdict: This production of the famed Sophocles masterpiece is fast-paced and gritty for its entirety, ingeniously proving that the intimidating genre of Greek Tragedy is both applicable to the current day and hugely enjoyable. Courtesy ...

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