Cyprus Mail

The Persians are back for more

After the success of the performance of the ancient Greek play The Persians all over the island last year, The Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC) is preparing to give everyone who didn’t catch it – and to all those who want to live through the drama once more – a chance to do so in Nicosia from Wednesday, and in Limassol from June 6-7.

In the Persians by ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus, Xerxes – the king of Persia – invites the gods’ enmity for his hubristic expedition against Greece. The focus of the drama is the defeat of Xerxes’ navy at Salamis.

According to the play’s director Aris Biniaris “the performance is both a theatrical and musical event and constitutes a live combination of poetic speech, music and theatrical action. It sets free the essence of the aeschylian drama and leads the audience to the understanding of the panhuman nature of ancient drama.”

All the main characters, as well as the Chorus, reveal the musical texture of the play through their performance, Biniaris went on to say. In the play’s simplicity, today’s audiences will be able to appreciate ancient Greek drama.

The play will be staged at the Makarios III Amphitheatre in Nicosia from May 30 until June 1, before it moves on to the Curium Ancient Theatre in Limassol.

The Persians
Performance by the ancient Greek play by Aeschylus. May 30. Makarios III Amphitheatre, 28th October Street, Acropolis, Nicosia. 9pm. In Greek. Tel: 22-314507
Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol. 9pm. In Greek. Tel: 77-772717