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Oedipus Plays: Oedipus Tyrannos; Oedipus at Kolonos; Antigone: "Oedipus Tyrannos", "Oedipus at Colonnus", "Antigone" Paperback – 31 Mar 1998
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Oedipus Plays includes Timberlake Wertenbaker's translations of Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Kolonos and Antigone.
About the Author
Sophocles (496-406 bc) is believed to have written well over one hundred plays, of which only seven survive: Women of Trachis, Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.
Timberlake Wertenbaker's plays include New Anatomies (ICA, London, 1982), Abel's Sister (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1984), The Grace of Mary Traverse (Royal Court), which won the Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award in 1985, Our Country's Good (Royal Court and Broadway), winner of the Laurence Olivier Play of the Year Award in 1988 and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play in 1991, The Love of the Nightingale (RSC's Other Place), which won the 1989 Eileen Anderson Central TV Drama Award, Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Royal Court), which won the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Writers' Guild Award and London Critics' Circle Award in 1992, The Break of Day (Out of Joint production, Royal Court and tour, 1995), After Darwin (Hampstead Theatre, 1998), The Ash Girl (Birmingham Rep, 2000), Credible Witness (Royal Court, 2001), Galileo's Daughter (Theatre Royal, Bath, 2004), Arden City (NT Connections, 2008) and The Line (Arcola Theatre, 2009). She has written the screenplay of The Children, based on the novel by Edith Wharton, and a BBC2 film entitled Do Not Disturb. Translations and adaptations include Marivaux's La Dispute, Jean Anouilh's Leocadia, Maurice Maeterlinck's Pelleas and Melisande for BBC Radio, Ariane Mnouchkine's Mephisto, adapted for the RSC in 1986, Sophocles's The Theban Plays (RSC, 1991), Euripides' Hecuba (ACT, San Francisco, 1995; BBC Radio 3, 2001) and Hippolytus (Riverside Studios, 2009), Eduardo de Filippo's Filumena (Peter Hall Company at the Piccadilly Theatre, 1998), Pirandello's Come tu mi vuoi, Gabriela Preissova's Jenufa (Arcola Theatre, 2008) and Racine's Brittanicus (Wilton's Music Hall, 2011).
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I have Latin, but no Greek, so I cannot comment on the accuracy of Wertenbaker's verse. But what I can remark on is her ability to write beautifully and forcefully. The full horror of the trilogy is truly brought across. At times frightening, at times tender, at other times lyrical or menacing, this is a translation which would appeal to the general reader and to those studying Theatre Studies and Drama at A level.
A friend of mine directed 'Antigone' (part of the trilogy) with her Year 12 class, successfully and in a way which really engaged the students. I've used 'Oedipus Tyrannos' similarly for workshops with a Year 12 class, again successfully.
More explanatory notes would be useful, as would more from the author on the background to the piece, and perhaps even consideration of the play in performance. But overall this is a fantastic translation of drama with a timeless appeal.