'Hysterical' twist on Trojan War

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.
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 the process.

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.

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