Arbroath student tackles Sophocles

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ARBROATH student Rachel Robertson is aiming for a chorus of approval, a Greek chorus that is, when she takes the stage in a tale of love, betrayal, revenge and murder at Dundee College.

Rachel has a role in Sophocles’ ‘Electra’, being performed by Dundee College HNC acting and performance students at The Space at the Kingsway Campus.

The former Arbroath High School pupil is relishing taking part in a play that although 2,500 years old has themes as captivating today as they were in ancient times.

The 19-year-old is one of 15 students involved in the production which is directed by lecturer Jane Hensey. It offers a fusion of the traditional and contemporary.

Traditional elements include the use of a Greek chorus and staging in a three-sided auditorium which reflects the arenas of ancient Athens while the use of music and a modern twist to the costumes brings an innovative freshness to the play.

The eponymous heroine is determined to seek revenge on her mother who, along with her lover, has murdered Electra’s father, Agamemnon, on his triumphant return from the Trojan War.

Sophocles’ version of ‘Electra’ is considered to be exceptional in Greek drama in that, rather than concentrating on the rich language, it examines the character of the heroine, questioning what kind of woman can harbour such a blood lust for her own mother.

In the 20th century, psychoanalyst Carl Jung described women with a mother hatred psychological pattern has having an Electra complex.

‘Electra’ opened last night (Thursday) and concludes tonight (Friday), beginning at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are free on the door on the night subject to availability. Seating is limited to 90 per performance because of the unusual configuration. There is also an extra matinee performance today (Friday) at 1.30 p.m.