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Thurs 29 Oct- WB YEATS and the OEDIPUS Plays – Brian ARKINS

ARKINS v3-THUMBThurs 29 Oct-
W.B. YEATS & the Oedipus Plays of Sophocles & Seneca-

SPEAKER: Professor Brian ARKINS – LECTURER on DRAMA and Irish Plays based on Greek Tragedy at the School of CLASSICS,  National University of Ireland, Galway

 VENUE: United Arts Club, 3 Upper FITZWILLIAM St., Dublin 2- MAP
Today there are almost 40 plays written by Irish dramatists and poets that are based on the tragedies of SOPHOCLES, Euripides and Aeschylus.  These plays proceed from the time of YEATS and SYNGE, through MacNEICE and Seamus HEANEY, and on to many of today’s leading writers, including, Frank McGUINNESS and Marina CARR.

Abbey OEDIPUS 2 ThumbW.B. Yeats’ versions of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus are among his finest dramatic works, and were first performed at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre in 1927-28. These versions of Sophocles’ plays relate the great story from ancient Greek mythology of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who unknowingly kills his father and marries his mother. The story is about how the Gods and his own actions bring about his downfall.

Oedipus is the archetypally dual person in Western Theatre. As saviour and scapegoat, as guilty of parricide and incest, as detective and criminal – and more. Sophocles masterpiece King Oedipus unravels all of this. His further play Oedipus at Colonus shows that Oedipus, in the end, enjoys a miraculous death. Yeats’ versions of Sophocles’ plays stress the heroism of Oedipus, in his relentless and doomed search for the truth.  While Yeats’ versions of Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus both incorporate splendid choral sequences (regarded as the finest created by any poet), they are mainly written in a superbly spare prose which makes them readily accessible to a wide audience.

Abbey OEDIPUS ThumbThe enduring relevance of Oedipus in our time is reflected in a new version which runs at the Abbey Theatre until 31 October 2015!  Wayne Jordan’s Oedipus invites us to confront vital questions of who we are and how we live together, in a new version of Sophocles’ tragedy as an an elaborate meeting of political drama, murder mystery and psychological thriller.

Books by Brian ARKINS include:

The Thought of W.B. YEATS
– Builders of my soul: Greek and Roman themes in YEATS
Irish Appropriations of GREEK TRAGEDY
Greek and Roman themes in JOYCE
Hellenising Ireland : Greek and Roman themes in modern Irish LITERATURE
-What SHAKESPEARE stole from Rome

More about 29 October talk: 

Poster Autumn 2015-THUMB 1VENUE: United Arts Club, 3 Upper FITZWILLIAM St., Dublin 2- MAP
TIME: register from 7.15pm /  START 7.30pm
ADMISSION: – €10 donation towards overheads
Parking Free from  7pm -Tea, Coffee & Bar available in the Club from 7pm


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