WAR’S HORRORS RECITED
New Zealand Festival 2014|
By Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson
Based on Homer’s Iliad, translated by Robert Fagles
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Performed by Denis O’Hare
Produced in Association with ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann
at Opera House, Wellington
From 12 Mar 2014 to 14 Mar 2014
[1hr 30mins (no interval)]
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media], 13 Mar 2014
originally published in The Dominion Post
Like the Ancient Mariner, the Poet who tells the story of the Trojan War is driven to tell it but, unlike the Mariner, he finds no solace or forgiveness for the sins of man. "Every time I sing this song", he says, "I hope it's the last time."
But we know all too well from just the first 14 years of this century, as well as the litany of wars from ancient Troy to modern Afghanistan, that when the Poet recites towards the end of An Iliad it won't be the last time he tells it.
The Trojan War is then all wars with its horrors, bravery, and slaughter of young men. [More]
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