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A translation by Edward Kemp of Jean Racine's play Andromache, updated to the present day. With Tanya Moodie, Joel MacCormack, Alex Lanipekun and Susannah Fielding.

Jean Racine's play, first performed in 1667, is set a year after the Fall of Troy in Epirus, where Pyrrhus, son of Achilles, is ostensibly betrothed to Helen's daughter, Hermione. Pyrrhus however is pining after Hector's widow, Andromache. The play opens as Orestes, son to Agamemnon, comes with a message from the Greeks demanding that Pyrrhus should hand over Andromache's son Astyanax. Orestes, it so happens, is in love with Hermione.
Edward Kemp's version of the play is set against a present-day soundscape and asks 'when a culture has endured a shattering event - the Trojan War or one of the world-changing events of the current century - how can we move on? And if we can't, are we destined to repeat the same cataclysmic mistakes over and over again?'

Translated by Edward Kemp
A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sun 22 Jan 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
Author Jean-Baptiste Racine
Adaptor Edward Kemp
Andromache Tanya Moodie
Pyrrhus Alex Lanipekun
Orestes Joel MacCormack
Hermione Susannah Fielding
Pylades Gunnar Cauthery
Phoenix Raad Rawi
Cephisa Mia Soteriou
Cleone Rosie Hilal
Composer Chris Drohan
Director Jeremy Mortimer
Producer Jeremy Mortimer


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