Continuing the run of productions at the 2022 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama is a performance by the National Theatre of Northern Greece, a group returning to the festival after three years. For their 2022 participation, the Greek theatre company will present Helen by Euripides, translated by Pantelis Boukalas and directed by Vassilis Papavassiliou, featuring an ensemble of actors and musicians on stage.
Written in the aftermath of the Athenians’ crushing defeat in the Sicilian Expedition, Euripides’ Helen is noted both for its anti-war qualities and its focus on virtues such as the power of an oath and intelligence, both personified in the form of the titular heroine. Drawing on the version of the myth created by the lyric poet Stesichorus instead of Homer’s best-known version, Euripides portrays the Trojan War as a massacre committed by a phantom rather than a real woman.
Helen, which is almost unduly classified as a tragedy, is also characterised by its comic elements. The Greek company’s production highlights these elements through an imaginative directional approach, creating a festive atmosphere, and an anti-war conflict on stage. Two performances will take place this July at Curium’s ancient theatre, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 starting at 9pm and with English overtitles to accommodate all audiences.
Helen by Euripides
The National Theatre of Northern Greece’s participation in the2022 International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama. July 29-30. Curium Ancient Theatre, Limassol. 9pm. With English overtitles. www.greekdramafest.com