Students deal with murder and revenge

Coming face to face with Sophocles, Dundee College acting and performance student Rachel Robertson puts the final touches to Electra.

Coming face to face with Sophocles, Dundee College acting and performance student Rachel Robertson puts the final touches to Electra.

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DUNDEE College HNC acting and performance students are staging a story of love, betrayal, revenge and murder with their production of Sophocles’ Electra this week at The Space at the Kingsway Campus.

Fifteen students are involved in the production which is directed by lecturer Jane Hensey. It offers a fusion of the traditional and contemporary. Traditional elements include the use of a Greek chorus and staging in a three-sided auditorium which reflects the arenas of ancient Athens while the use of music and a modern twist to the costumes brings an innovative freshness to the play.

The eponymous heroine is determined to seek revenge on her mother who, along with her lover, has murdered Electra’s father, Agamemnon, on his triumphant return from the Trojan War. Sophocles version of Electra is considered to be exceptional in Greek drama in thatit examines the character of the heroine, questioning what kind of woman can harbour such a blood lust for her own mother.

Jane Said: “We have double cast the piece with students switching roles from one production to the next, offering two discrete interpretations of the play. Audiences should see two quite different productions should they decide to attend two performances and, at just over an hour, the play is relatively short.”

Electra runs this Wednesday (tonight) to Friday; curtain up, 7.30pm: tickets free on the door (subject to availability: seating is limited to 90 per performance. There is also an extra matinee performance on Friday at 1.30pm.