Pupils (front, from left) Bart Lind and Sarah Smeaton (both 17), and (rear, from left) Kimberly Thomas (16), Lynsey Macaskill (17), Morgan King (16), Jeffrey Steele (16) and Ethan Solomon (15) rehearse for Taieri College's production of The Hysterical History of the Trojan War. Photo by Linda Robertson.
It's a war like no other you've seen on stage.
Taieri College's production of the Hysterical History of
the Trojan War is a recount of Homer's classic story,
The Iliad, but with tongue firmly in cheek.
In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city
of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took
Helen from her husband Menelaus, King of Sparta.
Director Jared Cone said the Hysterical History of the
Trojan War (by Doug Larson) retold the story using modern
characters speaking in a style and language children could
understand and enjoy.
In the show, central characters Helen and Paris are goofy
teenagers who run away together to Troy, starting a war in
Cassandra is the sister of Paris and Hector. She can see the
future, but no-one will listen to her.
Agamemnon is Lord of the Greeks and appears a bit like Darth
Vader from Star Wars - but Spartan-style.
''The play is a parody of the Trojan War. There are pretty
zoney interpretations of the characters - they're a bit
different from the original Homer characters. All our
Spartans are dressed in army camouflage-type togas, with a
slightly South American carnival twist,'' Mr Cone said.
''There's also a lot of audience participation in the play.''
- The play runs at the Fire Station Theatre in Mosgiel from
tonight to Friday, starting at 7.30pm.