00244 - Greek de Steven Berkoff (1980): La arriesgada conversión de Edipo rey de Sófocles en una love story

00244 - Greek de Steven Berkoff (1980): La arriesgada conversión de Edipo rey de Sófocles en una love story
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437.76 kB
Autor:
Pau Gilabert Barberà
Data:
01 Gener 2013
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Key words: classical tradition, English drama, Greek by Steven Berkoff, Greek tragedy, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles, Steven Berkoff

Can Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex really be transformed into a love story, as in Steven Berkoff’s drama entitled Greek? This article will show that, although Greek may be viewed by some critics as simply a provocative drama by no means intended to justify incest, directors, actors and critics in the end become enthralled by the powerful love story that ensues between Eddy and his wife and mother. This perspective reveals that Berkoff’s adaptation, intended to portray the social degradation of 1980s Great Britain, is in reality a quite risky proposition since it represents a flat denial of the tragic awareness of contemporary men and women. However, if this is the case, the audience, apart from enjoying the performance of Berkoff’s drama, might question, even from a non-fundamentalist perspective within the classical tradition, to what degree it makes sense to take inspiration from a text by Sophocles that precisely illustrates the great tragic awareness of the ancient Greeks.