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Thebans

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Following her award-winning Medea, Liz Lochhead has revisited the Greek classics and retold the stories of Oedipus and Antigone in a dazzling new Scots-inflected version of the Thebans. Lochhead is a poet, playwright, performer and broadcaster. Her plays include Perfect Days and new version of Molière’s Le Misanthrope and Tartuffe.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Nick Hern Books
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Phillip
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama
In general I've enjoyed the Liz Lochhead plays I've read so far, and I think she does a really interesting job as an adapter here. Because unlike many instances of adaptation, where an adapter works from a single source text, Lochhead here presents the major incidents of an entire myth cycle in one play--condensing Sophocles' Theban cycle, Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes, and Euripides' Phoenician Women into a single play. This is, perhaps ironically, very Greek of Lochhead because the Athenians ...more
Chinook
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Saw performed at Edinburgh Festival
Kat
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays, to-buy
4.5 really. Man I love these stories.
Playwright42
The rhythm of her writing- broken up with tabs, returns, and no punctuation- makes me envious. Even if she does write more about feelings than thoughts.
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Liz Lochhead is a Scottish poet and dramatist, originally from Newarthill in North Lanarkshire. In the early 1970s she joined Philip Hobsbaum's writers' group, a crucible of creative activity - other members were Alasdair Gray, James Kelman and Tom Leonard. Her plays include Blood and Ice, Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (1987), Perfect Days (2000) and a highly acclaimed adaptation in ...more
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