An epic, post-modern production of The Trojan Women: Then and Now is in process. Stuck at the back, unlit, onstage, are the Chorus: Beaty, Coral and Alfa, three performers rendered almost immobile in their multi-layered, preposterous frocks. They spend most of the production waiting to say a few lines so that the management feel they have done their bit for “social inclusion”. While they wait, they gossip and bitch, lie and heckle. Gradually devastating truths are uncovered which peel away their layers of pretence, along with the layers of their clothes. Kaite O’Reilly’s darkly comic new play is about the choices women make and the things they hide.
“… Kaite O’Reilly’s dense, dangerous play … has all the deceptive simplicity and hopeful despair of a Samuel Beckett play. As in Beckett, the characters are tragic and comic, heartbreaking and ridiculous. as in Beckett the joke is ultimately on us. This is a major piece of theatre…” (The Guardian, Lyn Gardner, 2002)