An adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women featuring an all-female cast of Syrian refugees is slated for a three-week tour of the United Kingdom, The Guardian reports. Queens of Syria was first staged in 2013 in Amman, Jordan, as part of a workshop run by director Omar Abusaada. Sixty Syrian women, who had never acted before, were brought together to interpret Euripides’ celebrated anti-war tragedy, written after the ancient Athenians brutally repressed the island of Melos. In the original play, the women of Troy — fronted by Queen Hecuba — have been enslaved and are lamenting the loss of their land. The narrative lent itself to obvious parallels with the circumstances of refugee women in Jordan. “Hecuba is just like me,” one of the actresses says in a documentary about Queens of Syria. “She was the wife of the King of Troy. Then she lost everything she owns. She lost loved ones and family.”
Queens of Syria will premiere at the Young Vic in London, before travelling to Liverpool, Edinburgh, and other locations. “Going to London is a very good thing indeed because we can tell the whole world about our home tragedy,” Maha, one of the women in the play, told The Guardian. “And of course, in a great country like Britain, the world will listen to us.”
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