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Behind the Scenes: Production Week with The Suppliant Women

9 Nov 2021

Did You Know that the first known reference to the word ‘democracy’ is in Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women?

As we enter production week for The Suppliant Women, we wanted to share a look behind the scenes at how this incredible event is coming together.

Telling the story of fifty young women who flee Egypt by boat to escape forced marriage. They seek asylum from King Pelasgus. Not wanting to be responsible for putting his people in harm’s way, the King asks the citizens of Argos to vote on whether or not the girls should be given refuge. Will they vote to take the women in?

Featuring a chorus drawn from the local community, and using Ancient Greek techniques, The Suppliant Women is part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology.

★★★★★ “An astonishing Greek chorus finds its voice… an electrifying adaptation” The Observer

The Suppliant Women is first part of an epic cycle of plays. Be in at the start of an extraordinary journey into the past.

The Suppliant Women will be performed at Gulbenkian Arts Centre from 11 – 14th November 2021. Find out more about the performance & book tickets.

 Find out more about the team behind The Suppliant Women here.

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