Drama students hope show will help world’s refugees

November 17, 2014

Trojan-2Drama students are hoping to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people with their innovative production of a Greek classic.

The drama department at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, along with actors from Monmouth School, are putting on a modern interpretation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, set in a refugee camp where women await deportation.

Audience members will be given a chance to make a donation to the United Nations Refugee Agency to help fund a tent for families in desperate need of shelter.

Helen Wragg, Director of Drama at HMSG, said: “Since researching refugee camps throughout the world for this project, it seemed an opportunity to bring something positive and constructive out of this performance.

“The students have engaged with interest and the purchase of one or two tents at £300 each would be a gesture recognising the plight of refugees around the world.”

The play, which involves more than 70 performers, is a collaboration between our drama, dance and classics departments.

Ms Wragg added: “This is an innovative and inspired 2014 interpretation of the Euripides Greek classic.

“Use of a large moving and speaking chorus adds a dynamic and highly visual spectacle as it would have done in its original staging.

“Despite being a tragedy, it is entertaining.

“The set of refugee tents enforces the location of the displaced female populace post war – in a transit camp awaiting an unsure future and deportation.”

Trojan Women is being performed in HMSG’s Main Hall on Tuesday, November 18, Wednesday, November 19, and Thursday, November 20, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Tickets are available from HMSG Reception Box Office for £8 (£6 for students).

Download the Trojan Women Booking Form (PDF – 36Kb)