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Mythologies exposed

Posted on 31/05/2012
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Three of Royal Holloway’s graduating English and Drama students expose the rewritten myth in a contemporary performance during an arts festival next week.

As part of the Play! arts festival, The Firestation, in Windsor, will host Jasmine Tucker, Rachel Hopping and Sinead Costello  as they explore the constant retelling of stories and myths, revealing how they warp and change.

On Monday 4 June at 3.45pm, in The Firestation’s Basement, the three dramatists will begin their journey through Greek texts, to Shakespeare, and through the more contemporary work of Stephen Berkoff. The piece revolves around the mythological character of Cassandra, originating in Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, exploring the evidence to be found about the famous heroine and presenting it on her behalf.

Jasmine Tucker said: "We are all really interested in the idea of retelling stories and seeing how they change through the ages and studying how they are still entertaining and intriguing to a modern audience. Also we are intrigued by the fact Cassandra does not believe she has the power to change her story; that her fate is already decided."

All three performers, during their time at Royal Holloway, studied the Dramatising Mythologies course as part of the English and Drama pathway. Deana Rankin, the course tutor and programme director of English and Drama said: "Across the year, the third year English/ Drama joint honours students have been exploring how, from the Greeks to the present day, we produce wonderful theatre from age-old myths, rewriting them for our times. Some fantastic performance work was produced on this course; some sharp thinking went into its creation. It's great to see the work continue to develop beyond the course for Play! and to see myth continue to thrive!"

Mythologies - By Jasmine Tucker, Sinead Costello and Rachel Hopping – 3.45pm-5pm – Basement, The Firestation, Windsor.


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