The war is over. When will another war begin?
Following the success of The House of Bernarda Alba, Theatr Pena returned to The Riverfront in 2010 with Brendan Kennelly’s The Trojan Women by Euripides.
After being held under siege for ten years by the Greeks, the city of Troy has finally fallen and the women of Troy await their fate outside the ruined city walls.
A play of brutal simplicity, timeless and universal, Euripides' tragic commentary on the inhumanity of war remains one of the most powerful indictments of war ever written.
The Riverfront Newport 10 to 13 Feb 2010
Presented by arrangement with Bloodaxe Books
Made possible with the support of The Riverfront, colleagues and friends.
"Theatr Pena performed the piece with a remarkably high degree of skill… a poetic and tragic interpretation of an excellent script"
Peter Owen Williams, The Raconteur
"Such is the professionalism, maybe bloody-mindedness, of this ensemble they made a damn good fist of The Trojan Women... and on the basis of both last year's exceptional The House of Bernarda Alba and much of the acting on show here, Erica Eirian can surely direct."
Chris Paul, Theatre in Wales website
"The company mount productions of the highest quality and ambition. Brendan Kennelly's The Trojan Women by Euripides, which we saw at The Riverfront, Newport, was one of our most memorable nights in any theatre. The production and acting were world class. The play itself, archetypal and searing, was made wholly accessible to contemporary audiences without sacrificing grandeur or classical inference."
William Wilkins CBE (audience member)
“My wife and I attended Theatr Pena's production of The Trojan Women at The Riverfront and it turned out to be a memorable event. I was very impressed by the ensemble work, which was of an excellent and even standard throughout, and with the high standard of the production, which did full justice to the power of Brendan Kennelly's script.”
Emyr Jenkins (audience member)
Poseidon: Buddug Verona James
Pallas Athena: Betsan Llwyd
Hecuba: Rosamund Shelley
Chorus: Olwen Rees
Chorus: Catherine Morris
Chorus: Lisabeth Miles
Chorus: Clêr Stevens
Chorus: Catherine Capelin
Chorus: Sarah Lisabeth
Talthybius: Adam Timms
Cassandra: Kathryn Dimery
Andromache: Eiry Thomas
Menelaus: Paul Clements
Helen: Llinos Daniel
Astynax: Ben Lloyd Hunter and Morgan Llewellyn Cockram
Soldiers: Sean Bridgeman, George Goding, Chris Gordon, Alexander Griffin-Griffiths,
Director: Erica Eirian
Designer: Holly McCarthy
Lighting Designer: Kay Haynes
Musical Director and Musician: Paula Gardiner
Sound Designer: Gruffydd Johnston
Assistant Director: Betsan Llwyd
Production Manager: Ian Buchanan
Design Assistant: Vicki Male
Design Assistant: Holly Badenoch
Sponsorship and Marketing Director: Eiry Palfrey
Graphic Designer: Holly McCarthy
Production Photographer: Geraint Todd
Project Support: Christine Pritchard
Project Management: Erica Eirian
Chaperones: Jeremi Cockram, Carys Llewelyn, Jonathan Hunter, Ruth Lloyd
Music recorded by: Lee Goodall, Oakfield Studios, Newport
Technical Manager: Chris Davies (courtesy of The Riverfront)
Technician: Helen Pickering (courtesy of The Riverfront)
OUR SINCERE THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT WITHOUT WHICH OUR PRODUCTION OF THE TROJAN WOMEN WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE:
ACT NOW: Adrienne O’Sullivan, ARUP: Steven and Sue Luke, GILLIAN BOMFORD, DIANA BOWN, JAN and MARTIN CORBY, SIR ALAN COX OBE, ALUN and ISOBEL DAVIES, Dr and Mrs ALEC DAVIES, MARY DAVIES, MR HUDSON-DAVIES CVO, TERRY DYDDGEN and JUDITH JONES,
SIÔN EIRIAN, BARBARA EVANS, FICTION FACTORY: Ed Thomas, FFLIC: Gwenda Griffith, FFILMIAU FONDUE FILMS LTD: Delyth Jones, BARBARA FRANCIS, NICK GODING, MAURICE HUNTER, LOGICAL FINANCIAL PLANNING LTD.: Peter Gibbs, EIRWEN and BRIAN LONG, JULIAN MITCHELL, WALTER NEW, EIRY PALFREY, FIONA PEEL OBE, CHRISTINE PRITCHARD, SASSIE REES, PENNANT and BETSAN ROBERTS, RONDO: Dudley Newbery, JOHNNY TUDOR , MICHAEL WALSH and MARY WALSH, MARGARET WEAKLEY, COLIN WELLS, JUDI and JOHN WILKINS, LYNNE and WILLIAM WILKINS CBE, GILLIE and DAVID WILLIAMS, YNYR WILLIAMS
Our thanks also to:
Canton Scouts, Cardiff
Cayo Arms, Cardiff
King's Church, Newport
Dr Kathleen Howe, Old Library, Cardiff
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama