Programme Catalogue - Details: 24 November 198919900427

First broadcast on 1989-11-24

Producer: CONN, S


Written by Jean RACINE. Translated by Douglas Dunn. Starring Suzanne BERTISH, Sarah COLLIER, Alec HEGGIE and David RINTOUL. A tragedy of passion, set in the aftermath of the Trojan war. Producer Stewart CONN.

Subject Categories

drama programmes (genre)

classical mythology

aftermath of trojan wars

Broadcast history

24 Nov 1989 19:30-21:25 (RADIO 3)

27 Apr 1990 21:05-23:00 (RADIO 3)


Paul Young (Actor)

Diana Olsson (Actor)

David Rintoul (Actor)

Alec Heggie (Actor)

Suzanne Bertish (Actor)

Sarah Collier (Actor)

James Cairncross (Actor)

Beth Robens (Actor)

Jean Racine (Author)

Malcolm Clarke (Composer)

Stewart Conn (Producer)

Douglas Dunn (tr)

Recorded on 1989-07-19.

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 3


Jean Racine's play, first performed in 1667, is set a year after the Fall of Troy in Epirus, where Pyrrhus, son of Achilles, is ostensibly betrothed to Helen's daughter, Hermione. Pyrrhus however is pining after Hector's widow, Andromache. The play opens as Orestes, son to Agamemnon, comes with a message from the Greeks demanding that Pyrrhus should hand over Andromache's son Astyanax. Orestes, it so happens, is in love with Hermione.

Edward Kemp's version of the play is set against a present-day soundscape and asks 'when a culture has endured a shattering event - the Trojan War or one of the world-changing events of the current century - how can we move on? And if we can't, are we destined to repeat the same cataclysmic mistakes over and over again?'

Translated by Edward Kemp

A Cast Iron Radio production for BBC Radio 3.