Queens of Syria, a modern adaptation of Euripides' anti-war tragedy The Trojan Women, is to be performed by a cast of Syrian refugees, beginning performances July 5 at London's Young Vic for a run through July 9, then visiting Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool, Leeds and Edinburgh.
Co-produced by Developing Artists, Refuge Productions and the Young Vic, this adaptation was first staged in Amman in 2013 and was the subject of an award-winning documentary. An all-female cast of Syrian refugees amalgamate their own narratives of ferocious war and bitter exile with the ancient Greek text. The stage play is fused with scenes from the documentary to create a piece of multimedia theatre.
Khaula, a cast member involved in the original production, described her experience thus: "We came into a new society, a new way of life: we were isolated. Doing this play helped us break the ice; we started to connect with others and make friends. It gave us the courage we needed to talk about our problems frankly and clearly. We feel that we can do something for Syria, and the Syrian people, by sending a message to the whole world – hopefully someone can help us end this tragedy."
To book tickets for the Young Vic, contact the box office on 0207 922 2922 or visit youngvic.org. For full tour dates, visit developingartists.org.uk/our-projects/queens-of-syria:-jordan.