composer | conductor
Shadows of Troy 2020
play by Jamie Murphy
Commissioned by Stupid and Brave Productions and first performed by the company on the 12th February 2020 at the Oxford Playhouse.
On-stage Greek Chorus
Shadows of Troy is a bold new adaptation of two giants of ancient theatre - Sophocles’ Ajax, and Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis. A new translation presents these plays in tandem, creating a truly epic narrative of the most famous war in Western history.
Under pressure to begin their campaign in Troy, the Greeks wait to set sail. Military tension erupts into familial agony when a seer declares that Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia must be sacrificed before the army can depart. A battle of military honour and filial devotion follows, leaving Agamemnon and his wife Clytemnestra ravaged by doubt and guilt.
In the second act, Sophocles’ Ajax is radically adapted, with Agamemnon taking the place of the title role. As he descends into madness, the ensuing plot explores the extremes of human anguish, anger, and compassion.
This work is not published and is not available for purchase or hire.
12th February 2020 - Stupid & Brave Productions at the Oxford Playhouse
13th February 2020 - Stupid & Brave Productions at the Oxford Playhouse
14th February 2020 - Stupid & Brave Productions at the Oxford Playhouse
15th February 2020 - Stupid & Brave Productions at the Oxford Playhouse