Edinburgh’s suppliant women

The Suppliant Women chorus at the Royal Lyceum Pic: Contributed
The Suppliant Women chorus at the Royal Lyceum Pic: Contributed
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THE Royal Lyceum’s 2016/17 Season starts tomorrow with the world premiere of The Suppliant Women, a new version of Aeschylus’ ancient Greek tragedy by David Greig.

It’s also Greig’s first main stage production as artistic director and features a community chorus of local women in the title-role of the suppliant women, who are seeking asylum across the sea.

Written nearly 2500 years ago, The Suppliant Women is one of the very earliest Greek plays to have survived.

Penned on the eve of a democratic revolution in Athens, it contains the first known use of the word democracy and is a remarkable record of the earliest moments of theatre.

It tells the story of 50 women who board a boat and flee across the Mediterranean, seeking protection from arranged marriage.

A tale about refugees, human rights, civil war, violence, democracy, and love, it echoes through the ages, striking poignant resonances with the world today.

Making up the ‘citizen’ chorus are: Back row - Melissa McDonald, 26, Georgia Traquair-Stewart, 16, Noëmie Colin, 16, Christina Semerey, 27, Melanie Nunhofer, 22, Imogen Rowe, 23, Eve Whoston, 17, Caitlin Turnbull, 16, Ellie Duncan, 16, Anna MacKean, 16, Gemma May, 24, Elise Morrison, 16, Lucy Dewar, 16, Laura Gentile, 27, Annie Spiers, 16, Fiona Howe, 26.

Second row - Melanie Nunhofer, 22, Hannah Lomas, 16, Anya Vitaliev, 16, Emily Copas, 22, Enya Steinmann, 27, Tricia Brown, 26, Angelica Petherick, 16, Lowri Mathias, 16.

Third row - Kirsty Stembridge, 16, Maxine Latinis, 24, Charlotte Laidig, 25, Mari Evans, 25, Catriona Salvini, 19.

Front Row - Rosie Al-Mulla, 25, Susan Hirst, 17, Heidi Fairgrieve, 25, Ruth McLean, 17.

Royal Lyceum, Grindlay Street, tomorrow-15 October, £10-£30.50, 0131-248 4848