Insane and foolish one ancient Greek word play

“Of the hundreds of plays set before the audiences of ancient Greece, only a fraction have reached us. The foundations of Western drama rest on 32 surviving tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides (and one comic “satyr” play by the last of these), as well as 11 comedies by Aristophanes. That we even have as much as this is a miracle – the result of diligent copying of popular works, re-transcriptions and quotations by medieval monks, and fortuitous discoveries of original papyri since.” “In the face of this loss, many writers in the modern era have puzzled over references and fragments, offering their own speculative reconstructions.” “On such a course have playwright David Greig and director Ramin Gray now embarked. With input from scholars including Hall, they’re about to premiere a version of the ‘lost’ second part of Aeschylus’s Danaid tetralogy, The Egyptians (Aigyptioi), in Canterbury, using a male chorus of 17.” “But from this second play, only one known word remains: the name “Zagreus”, a god associated with the underworld.” “The project is insane, foolish and therefore interesting”—”How to stage a Greek tragedy – when you only have one word to go on. Playwright David Greig talks about the ‘insane, foolish’ and painstaking process of recreating a lost work by Aeschylus from scratch”

Hermetic Library Omnium Insane and Foolish One Ancient Greek Word Play 27feb2023

See also Gulbenkian Arts Centre where there is something on their home page about it, but that seems to link to a missing detail page. Apparently this ran last week, so you can’t see it. ::sad trombone::

Hermetic Library Omnium Insane and Foolish One Ancient Greek Word Play 27feb2023 Gulbenkian Arts Centre