The Agamemnon: Conquest-Revenge-Ritual
Directed by Dan Stone
What would our society and culture look like after a major cataclysm on our planet. This is the question that drove this particular production. For me, it’s a world built on the junk from our current era. It’s not just about recycling materials, but recycling culture as well. The world of the play was built upon and with the junk left from the past. Society has reverted back to a feudal system and only the religions of antiquity have survived.
The performance is a ceremony. These people have gathered together to celebrate their lives, to remember loved ones lost from the previous era and to retell the stories of the wars that had ensued after the great cataclysm.
As for the story, we took excerpts from five separate plays, all from Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus, all of whom have a connection with the story of the Trojan War. We stitched together these five stories to show the progression of the effect of Agamemnon’s killing of the sacred stag, to the sacrifice of his daughter Iphigenia, to the sufferings of the Trojan women brought about by Agamemnon’s war, to his fatal homecoming where revenge is taken by his wife Clytemnestra, to finally the return of Agamemnon’s son, Orestes, and his claiming his rightful place at the throne of his murdered father.