Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae was produced and performed by members of Warwick Classics Department and Society, and translated by the Department’s Teaching Fellow Clive Letchford, in the main theatre of the Warwick Arts Centre.
In Thesmophoriazusae, Aristophanes shockingly satirizes the position of women and their political power (or lack of). In a modern world in which the gap between rich and poor is ever growing, where atrocities are performed almost daily against women by groups such as Boko Haram, and where politics in most European countries is drifting closer and closer to the right, a performance of the Thesmophoriazusae, reevaluated in the light of events in the modern world, gave the cast an attempt to explore and act out some of these issues.
It was given on 26th January in a public performance and on 27th January as part of a special festival day for schools. This collaborative project highlighted the range of skills that Warwick Classics Department and Society has at its disposal. The cast and crew were largely drawn from Undergraduates from within the Department, but individuals, from other departments, who are affiliated to the Society, were also involved.This collaborative project reached c. 850 people directly through its two performances, and has the ability to reach an unlimited further number through the videos on-line.