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Ancient Greek Tragedy of Euripides to be Staged at Estonian NO99 Theatre

Euripides’ masterwork “Iphigenia in Aulis”, to be staged at NO99 Theatre of Tallinn, is the very first Estonian production of the ancient Greek tragedy. Directed by Lorna Marshall, the play will open on Saturday, March 17, and aims at bringing the modern Estonian audience closer to the ancient Greek world and drama.

The text has been translated especially for this production by Anne Lill and the cast includes Tambet Tuisk, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Jaak Prints, Mirtel Pohla, Eva Klemets, Marika Vaarik, Risto Kübar and Gert Raudsep.

The play, written by Euripides at the end of his life in between 408-406 BC, revolves around Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek coalition before and during the Trojan War, and his decision to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the goddess Artemis and allow his troops to set sail to preserve their honour in battle against Troy.

The modern play aims at demonstrating how the same issues of ancient times remain alive and unanswered today: war, family honor, national honor and victory are all the key problems tangling peoples’ lives.

British director, Lorna Marshall, has worked in theatre for many years as a teacher, director and performance consultant. She has trained with Jacques LeCoq and Etienne Decroux in Paris, and then studied the Japanese theatre forms of Noh, Kabuki and Butoh.

In recent years she has worked closely with Yoshi Oida (from Peter Brook’s company) and has collaborated with him on several productions and two books (‘The Invisible Actor’ and ‘An Actor Adrift’). She has also published her own work: ‘The Body Speaks’. In 2002, she was awarded a three-year Creative Research Fellowship by the AHRB/Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, in order to continue her investigations into the creative process.

Marshall runs workshops on creative process across the globe for performers, singers, directors and teachers, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Last spring she worked on a workshop with the actors of Theatre NO99 which continues to date.

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