:POSTHOC: After Euripides' Trojan Women
Over 100 ClassAction practitioners filled every found space in Godalming College’s Performing Arts Centre to present the inaugural production of their new autumn season 2016 welcoming our new first year drama practitioners. Playing to two full houses :POSTHOC: started the year with a bang!
:POSTHOC: an immersive, promenade production takes Euripides' Greek masterpiece Trojan Women, and peers at its harrowing story of war, exploitation, entrapment and murder through the fractured filter of contemporary conflicts. Inspiration came from performance companies, ‘PunchDrunk and Les Enfants Terribles. The audience are bundled into their first location, a news briefing about the ensuing war, which is quickly blown apart by an invitation to a party as the audience were encouraged top ‘dance’ into the Trojan Royal Palace where the party of the century was taking place, celebrating the arrival of the Trojan Horse. From there they are thrown into a bloody conflict as the horse spilled out the soldiers hiding within; the city was attacked and we are suddenly in a war ravaged landscape. In shadowed recesses of doorways and stair-wells character wait to tell their story and share their narratives. These small intimate moments are counter-balanced by explosive and dynamic movement sequences and poignant bitter-sweet scenes. Each audience member is issued with a pass-port, and experience this production on different journey’s and on different paths depending on their allegiance to either Troy or the Greeks.
This is classic ClassAction; we want to celebrate the creative power of collaboration and debate. We want to encourage the next generation of practitioners. We want new thinking, we want to push boundaries and above all we want to take risks.
Welcome to this year’s company of practitioners.