• Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon's Gaze

    Author(s):
    Stephe Harrop (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Classical Tradition, Performance Studies
    Subject(s):
    Classical reception, Greek and Roman drama, Greek mythology, Playwriting, Theatre and politics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M66R8M
    Abstract:
    This review-essay discusses George Brant's play Grounded (2013) in the context of its production at the Gate Theatre (London). It begins with a critical examination of my own “mis-seeing” of the play’s protagonist as a version of the tragic Heracles. The analysis which follows compares key aspects of The Pilot’s narrative with Euripides’ Heracles and Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, and relates my “mis-seeing” to Brant’s referencing of symbols and characters from ancient Greek myth within the drama. It finally considers the Gate’s staging of the play’s closing moments in relation to the dramaturgy of Athenian tragedy, examining the ways in which the production denies its watchers the expected tragic spectacle of the fallen hero, instead foregrounding and interrogating the ethics of the audience’s own spectatorship.
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