Produced in 415 BC by Greek playwright Euripides, The Trojan Women was a play that narrated the stories of women of Troy, where the epic Trojan War was set. The play revolves around the fates of women after the battle left their husbands killed, city ruined and families set to be taken in as slaves.
“The relevance of this play remains just as much as it was when it was first produced in 415 BC. Greek theatre retains its pertinence even in the current day as war, unfortunately, remains a universal subject. We see it happening even today at some part of the world — be it in Syria or the crisis in Venezuela,” elaborates the play’s director Meera Sitaraman, who is making her directorial debut with this anti-war drama.
There was no one trigger that led her to present an adaptation of the play, but it was the events happening around the world, in general, Meera says. “A woman as a person becomes highly conflicted during a war. Her suppression becomes accentuated and incidents like war rapes have been witnessed throughout times. All the rights of a woman are stripped off during a war time,” she asserts. Any kind of strife that gets a person to put all efforts to survive amounts to a war, she adds.
While the plot remains the same as the original, the theatre group’s adaptation of the play will simplify the English language to suit the present times. The 1 hour 45 minute-long play will be presented by a cast of nine artistes — including few college and school students as well. The play, which has been under production to be presented to the city’s audience for the past 3 months, has truly stood the test of time. It has been staged throughout the world during various times, providing artistic solace to women particularly from war-torn regions.
The play will be staged from April 26-28 at Alliance Française of Madras