Sophocles - adapted by Anthony Burgess

Directed by Nigel Turner

Performed in The Village Hall
Thurs 29th to Sat 31st May 2014 at 8:00pm


A new adaptation of the Greek classic by noted novelist Anthony Burgess (author of A Clockwork Orange) . This adaptation is highly dramatic and forceful, as well as theatrically effective for present-day audiences. The dialogue, though modern, conveys the feeling of the ancient period.

The great masterpiece on which Aristotle based his aesthetic theory of drama in the Poetics and from which Freud derived the Oedipus complex. King Oedipus puts out a sentence on the unknown murderer of his father Laius. By a gradual unfolding of incidents, Oedipus learns that he was the assassin and that Jocasta, his wife, is also his mother.

Translated and adapted by Anthony Burgess-author of A Clockwork Orange-this version of Oedipus is as sharp as the pins that gouged out Jocasta's eyes. Sophocles' play is the perfect tragedy perfectly told, and Burgess' is the perfect translation. A must for anyone wanting to appreciate the sheer force and utter timelessness of the Oedipus myth, this version will surprise you almost as much as discovering his lineage surprised the king himself.

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