St. Mary’s College has reinforced its reputation for producing outstanding modernised versions of classical Greek tragedies with its latest sellout show.
Students have attracted rave reviews for their updated version of Electra by Euripides staged at Liverpool University’s Stanley Theatre.
Electra follows three other equally successful productions of classic plays at the college in recent times - Medea (also by Euripides) in 2012 and two Sophocles plays, Antigone in 2013 and Ajax earlier this year.
The success of these productions resulted in invitations to perform them in prestigious venues as far afield as Ancient Olympia in Greece and the University of California.
For the current play students were thrilled to work with professional director David Siebert, currently working on the touring production of the hit musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
David said that the pupils had created a ‘brilliant production that is truly unique in its fusion of the classical and the modern’.
The Euripides play - originally written in the 5th Century BC - tells the story of Electra and her brother Orestes revenging the death of their father Agamemnon by killing his murderers, their mother Clytemnestra and her new husband Aegisthus.
However, in a bold move, the action of the St. Mary’s production was moved from classical Greece to the bayous around modern-day New Orleans.
The horror movie atmosphere of the St. Mary’s version - accompanied by dance and live jazz music - was described as ‘a feast for the eyes’ as well as a cause for reflection on the power of love and the importance of family.
Heading the impressive cast of 45 14-18 year olds were 16-year-old Sophie Clarke from Waterloo in the title role, George Clarke as Orestes, Leah Lovelady as Clytemnestra and Sean Dwyer as Pylades.
Head of Classics, Nancy Moore, commented: “This production featured some of the most gifted students we have ever worked with so it was a real pleasure to direct.
“Thanks to their skill, hard work and commitment, they succeeded in making this ancient play fresh and relevant to a modern audience.”