Sophocles‚Äô classic tale is given new life in this staging by Esmond Road Productions with a modern translation and an all-female cast. Ajax tells the story of a celebrated warrior, cursed with madness for disrespecting the gods. After a night of violent hallucinations, she is awoken to find her friends, lover, and child cowering from her in fear and shame.
Exhibiting symptoms that we now understand to be the very real psychological consequences of trauma, Ajax must try to push through the mist of her own delusions and choose between her life and her honour; a choice with repercussions far-reaching enough to shake the army, the king, and the gods atop Olympus. A story of honour, death, trauma, and the dehumanizing nature of politics and war, this 2500-year-old tale rings as true today as it ever has.
Translator: James Kerr
Director: Maria Makenna
Performers: Erica Martin
Composer/Musical Director: Erica Martin
Audience Warnings: Adult themes, violence, blood.
Mat: Sat & Sun 2pm
Running time: 90 mins