Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber opera Greek – first performed in and based on Steven Berkoff’s play – reworks the Oedipus story;. STEVEN BERKOFF. Plays One. East. West. Greek. Sink the Belgrano! Massage. Lunch. The Bow of Ulysses. Sturm und Drang. ******Created by ebook. See a bawdy, British retelling of “Oedipus Rex”. “GREEK” is a rags-to-riches story filled with sarcasm and scatological humor as only the “Bad Boy of British.

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Wife specifically named Greek gods sfeven this scene: There’s nothing complex about Music Theatre Wales’s new production: Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald.

Eddy gets into an argument with the manager of the restaurant and then kills him. Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory. His parents explain how they acquired Eddy, which matches the story of how his wife lost a son years prior.

Yet, his first look at the tragedy would not be the last by scholars. I see these Greeks sitting around the agora trying to think of the most shameful the most devastating, the most obscene things imaginable.

Though his outcome is shaped by the fates, Eddy does not receive the pity that Oedipus may from audiences. This is the first essay I have written fully-devoted to Berkoff, but I have also discussed his work Sink the Belgrano!

Besides modern interpretations and opinions of Oedipus Rex, the source text itself is important to the understanding of this essay. University of Geneva, berklff Greek is not a modernization of a classic tragedy, but a revisitation of it.

Yet in the end, Eddy does not reach the same conclusion as his Begkoff counterpart. Faber and Faber, The theory, a sexual desire for intimacy with the parent of the opposite sex while having a sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex, was known as the Oedipus Complex.


Greek by Steven Berkoff at UBC Homepage University of British Columbia Theatre

He is also not morally just as seen in his dialogue and actions. Other playwrights strayed from such negative topics, and instead tried to show the good that existed in society. Masterpieces of the Drama. No, we have to show the moral decline of Thatcherism! Alexs Sierz defined the movement as: Berkoff’s autobiography Free Association also discusses his theories and stwven more in depth.

Eddy is not just a modern version of Oedipus, but a representation of the effects of s Thatcherism. Sung in estuary English, it’s a compliment to say it sometimes feels like an operatic Eastenders special — the Sphinx women sport Barbara Windsor wigs.

Angry young man Eddy doesn’t know he’s adopted, leaves his parents, kills a man — his biological dad — in a caff, falls in love with the wife his mum. Since the mids, Steven Berkoff has been a constant in London theatre.

Greek – review

Abscesses of the soul! Four Berkovian works will be cited in this essay. One such work, Greek by Steven Berkoff, not only revisited the story of Oedipus but also reinterpreted it based upon the values seen in s Thatcherist London. The ending put a modern twist on berkofc legend, as well as made a statement about the state of a selfish society.

Eddy seeks to reaffirm his beliefs and inculcate a new order of things with his vision and life-affirming energy. Yet, they decide it is not important and they will discuss it with him at a later date: Berioff passion for life is inspired by the love he feels for his woman, and his detestation of the degrading environment he inherited.

Greek – Drama Online

The ketchup container proves iconic, and Turnage scores here. At its best, this kind of theatre is so powerful, so visceral, that it forces audiences to react: Berkoff’s approach to Greek, as well as all his theatre, mixed the ideas of Artaud with the Greeks and Shakespeare. I ransacked the entire legend. Berkoff has written over eighteen original works, in addition to sixteen adaptations of classic works by literary figures such as Franz Kafka, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Shakespeare, to name a few.


In Greek, as well as several other of his plays, this English society is under rule of the fictional Maggot Scratcher, a character based upon the non-fictional Margaret Thatcher. Conductor Michael Rafferty brings out both violence and lyricism, with Turnage’s instrumental colouring wonderfully realised. Act one begins with Eddy explaining his humble beginnings within a blue-collar family in the London borough of Tufnell Park.

If Eddy is a warrior who holds up the smoking sword as he goes in, attacking all that he finds polluted, at the same time he is at heart an ordinary young man with whom many I know will find identification.

Things continue to get better for Eddy. Act Two begins with a decade passed.

A variety of productions have been staged, as well as a variety of different interpretations of the tragic tale. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber opera Greek — first performed in and based on Steven Berkoff’s play — reworks the Oedipus story; Turnage was just 26 — what nerve.

Greek (1980)

His most poetic language was seen in the love scenes between Eddy and Wife. Who better to discuss the reasoning and theory behind the creation of Greek than Steven Berkoff himself? As previously mentioned, Aristotle laid out the rules of tragic theatre theory in Poetics. Dramatic Theory and Criticism: Berkoff’s approach to Stegen, as well as all his theatre, mixes theories of Artaud along with the Greeks and Shakespeare.