The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre

Post from Maggie S

Last Thursday a few members of Culture Club went to see The Suppliant Women at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.  The performance featured a very young cast of volunteer actors in an unusual updating of Aeschylus’s Tragedy, written some 2,500 years ago.  The production followed the traditional form of Greek theatre, having a chorus and one or two principal protagonists, and told the story of a group of young women fleeing persecution in their home country and seeking asylum in Greece.  There were very obvious parallels with the current crisis faced by migrants seeking asylum and indeed with the fate of the Chibok schoolgirls captured and forced against their wills to marry their captors.  A beautiful, moving and thoughtful play.  We all enjoyed it very much.