Marina Carr’s Hecuba will have its Irish premiere in a major new production at the Project Arts Centre as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2019.
Hecuba is a re-imagining of the aftermath of the Trojan War and the events surrounding its iconic characters. It’s a series of intense, dangerous personal encounters and impossible choices, described by those who witnessed and experienced them.
The synopsis reads: “Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something else. Something worse. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made.”
“Humiliated by her defeat and imprisoned by the charismatic victor Agamemnon, the great queen Hecuba must wash the blood of her buried sons from her hands and lead her daughters forward into a world they no longer recognise. Agamemnon has slaughtered his own daughter to win this war. But now another sacrifice is demanded.”
Carr is one of the leading Irish writers of her generation, known and respected internationally for works such as Portia Coughlan and By the Bog of Cats. Hecuba first premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in England in 2015.
The show will run for fourteen performances at the Project Arts Centre. Dates are listed below.
- Previews: Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 September | 7.30pm | €25-€35
- Opens: Friday 27 September– runs till Sunday 6 October | 7.30pm | €25-€35
- Matinees: 28 & 29 September, 5 & 6 October | 2.30pm | €25-€35
Meanwhile, the Dublin Theatre Festival runs from September 26 until October 13. It will consist of three weeks of performances, featuring world premieres of new work, reimagined classic texts, inspiring international projects and an expanded season of theatre for children.
According to organisers, the works in this year’s programme deal with many contemporary topics but they also reach beyond those to ‘a poetic enquiry about the times we live in’.
Priority booking for friends of the festival is open now at dublintheatrefestival.ie – where the event’s line-up can be seen. General booking opens August 14.