A great chance to catch Moroccan actress Laila Alj performing ‘The Women of Troy After Euripides’ in London.
Laila was born and raised in Casablanca where she began performing, taking music and singing lessons with Jean-Daniel Vitalis. She majored in Theatre at Northwestern University in Illinois before coming to London to complete an MA in Screen Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She is excited about “The Women of Troy”, after which she plans to divide her time between London and Morocco.
Amidst the slaughter and ruins of Troy, the women wait to be handed out to the victors. Hecuba, Queen of Troy, must confront both a bleak future and Helen, the woman who brought this humiliation to them all. From despair, an all-female ensemble move towards hope and fortitude, through means of a dramatic fusion of text, movement and music.
Ricky Dukes, recent recipient of the Fringe Report’s Best Artistic Director Award for his leadership of Lazarus Theatre Company, looks to Women of Troy to explore the challenge of finding dignity and strength when choice and faith are gone, exploring modern parallels to Euripides’ timeless story of the barbarism of war.
Already well-known to Blue Elephant audiences for their reinvigorated and stylish productions of Shakespeare, Schiller and Webster, Lazarus Theatre Company bring their strong, ensemble-based take on Greek drama to Camberwell for the first time.
Director and Designer: Ricky Dukes
Associate Director: Gavin Harrington-Odedra
Lighting Designer: Alex Musgrave
Sound Designer: Nick Kent
Costume Designer: Emily Stuart
Movement Director: Julia Cave
Assistant Director and Dramaturge: Bobby Brook
Assistant Director: Sophie Gilpin
Cast: Alice Brown, Kerrian Burton, Ina Marie Smith, Neusha Milanian, Gemma Beaton, Cate Myddleton-Evans, Rayanna Dibs, Laila Alj, Emma Jane Richards, Meriel Rosencrantz, Jaclyn Bradley, Jennifer Haynes, Lauren Garfitt, Victoria Porter, Jessica Hay, Ruth Petersen
Dates: Tuesday 20 March – Saturday 14 April (Tuesday – Saturday only)
Times: 8pm (Wednesday matinees at 4pm on 4 and 11 April)
Tickets: £12.50 (£10 conc. and previews Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 March), £8.50 Southwark residents
Venue: Blue Elephant Theatre, 59a Bethwin Rd, Camberwell, SE5 0XT
Nearest tube: Oval (Northern Line)