Welcome to Thebes, a Greek-based contemporary tragedy, will be performed by University of Derby Theatre Arts students on the main stage at Derby Theatre from Thursday 23 until Saturday 25 May.
Poignant and powerful, Welcome to Thebes is based on Sophocles' plays. Set in a futuristic post-war zone; directors, Yvonne Hurt and Darren Daly, have adapted Moira Buffini's script into an extraordinary piece of theatre which combines, and takes influence from, Greek theatre conventions and an addition of a chorus.
Welcome to Thebes is a serious, and sometimes hard-hitting, play touching on sensitive issues and is aimed at age 16+. The play follows newly appointed President elect, Euridyce, who is trying to bring peace to a country after a brutal war. Although the war is over; Euridyce is left with the after effects a war brings - fatalities and putting an end to gunfire, not to mention gaining international assistance to bring finances back into the country. With trouble and hostility looming, whichever way Euridyce turns, how can she possibly win?
The National Theatre presented a highly acclaimed version of Welcome to Thebes in 2010 and now the 2nd year Theatre Arts students will present their own unique version of the play with the aspiration of attracting new and existing audiences to Derby Theatre to see their exciting production, which will be presented as their final performance for the year as part of their degree.
Welcome to Thebes will shock, surprise and inspire and is a passionate exploration of an encounter between the world’s richest and poorest countries in the aftermath of a brutal war – a reality and subject so prominent across the world today.
Tickets: £12, concessions £8. For more information and to book tickets call the Derby Theatre Box Office on or visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk
– where you can also view the preview trailer.