Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drama Has Everything

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drama Has Everything

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A Greek tale of murder, betrayal and forbidden love hits Newcastle's Live Theatre this week.

Presented by the Northumbria Live Academy, Cock of the North is a new play by Colin Teevan, which opens at the Live on Thursday.

The play is based on an ancient fragment of text from a missing play by Euripides, which, together with Iphigeneia at Aulis and The Bacchai, completes the trilogy.

After 16 years away, Alcmaeon returns home to Corinth to retrieve the ancient necklace of Harmonia for his new wife.

Greeted by his old friends King Creon and Queen Creusa, nothing is as expected and his return sparks a chain of events that will have consequences for all of them.

Colin Teevan has written for the RSC and the National Theatre and his plays include The Walls and Cuckoos.

He is also North East Literary Fellow at Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne Universities.

Of the project, Colin says: "As North Eastern Literary Fellow, not only has this project offered me a unique chance to work with Live Theatre, the Northumbria Live Academy and the Classics Department at Durham, but it also offers a chance for Greek drama, too long seen as the property of the academy and establishment, to return to its popular roots. …

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