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Trojan Women (Lancaster Offshoots)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

This is a retelling of Euripides’ tale whose modern standpoint mars an otherwise perfectly competent production. The Lancaster Offshoots offer a folksy, travelling-band-type feel and read the immortal lines of Euripides in their own Lancashire accents; this would all be fine except for the fact that the accents keep slipping into more Shakespearean tones and the folk songs, although beautifully sung, merit their own production rather than being awkwardly slotted into this classic. On the plus side, these changes make the tale a lot more watchable for a younger audience, and the skilful acting of Menelaus really stands out. It’s just a shame the Offshoots didn’t let their talent speak for itself.

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, 3-18 Aug (not 5), 1.05pm
tw rating 2/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]