Modern adaptation of Euripides’ Medea and Trojan Women

Whitehouse, Suki-Jo (2015). Modern adaptation of Euripides’ Medea and Trojan Women. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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The purpose of this thesis is to investigate contemporary versions of \(Medea\) and \(Trojan\) \(Women\) and to make comparisons and contrasts between the various productions. Data for this study was gathered with the help of the APGRD and the National Theatre archive.
In the first chapter the main focus is on two performances which I viewed live: Headlong’s \(Medea\) written and directed by Mike Bartlett and AOD’s \(Medea\) adapted by David Stuttard. In the second chapter the main focus is on two performances which I viewed live and through a professional recording: National Theatre’s \(Women\) \(of\) \(Troy\) adapted by Don Taylor and a new version written by Caroline Bird.
This study shows the extent to which these ancient tragedies can be altered to still have relevance over 2,500 years later. This thesis hopes to demonstrate that the reception of ancient tragedy both in scholarship and on the stage is essential for the survival of these plays.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of History and Cultures, Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA)
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater


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