THE TORJANS (EICS)
EICS Digital August 2020
“Intimate….moving…startling” **** The List
The Trojans is being featured as part of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit’s August 2020 digital programme – replacing the planned Gala performance, seminars and workshops cancelled due to Covid 19. https://www.culturesummit.com/about/. It is the culmination of two years of drama workshops and performances.
This follows on from the four star reviewed Gala performance of The Trojans at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival at the Pleasance EICC.
The Trojans, a new adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, with a cast of Glasgow-based Syrian Refugees, was first performed at Glasgow’s Platform Theatre in January 2019, in a co-production with Platform and Terra Incognita. Directed by Terra Incognita’s Victoria Beesley, adapted by Mariem Omari, with Alaa Saloum and Sanaa Al Froukh, the play includes original writing by the cast. It opened to star reviews, standing ovations and packed houses.
Haunting and uplifting, it is performed in Arabic (with surtitles) and English.
The Trojans transcends countries and time, with a cast who have known the horror of war bringing their own experiences of exile and loss into Euripides’ shocking 2,500 year old play; they also tell of the bitter-sweetness of building new lives in Scotland.
The aim of the project is to build links between Syrians newly arrived in Scotland and local communities; to allow Syrians who have found a haven in Scotland to work through their depression, isolation and trauma.
The Trojans is a stunning new piece of theatre which brings home to the audience the reality of what it means to flee war and arrive in a strange land.