Focus on Ancient Greek Myth Inspired Plays

IAKOVOS KAMBANELLIS

The Censorship Bureau

Director: Aspa Tombouli

Thursday 26 September 2022 at 20:00

Parnassos Literary Society

Excerpt

CENSOR: …. This Prometheus Bound, is it by your hand?

AESCHYLUS: Yes, yes. I wrote it in 479 BC, it received an award in the state theatre contest and was greatly successful when it was performed.

CENSORSHIP: Was your work censored at the time?

AESCHYLUS: Censorship was not a thing back then!

CENSORSHIP: I can tell that it wasn’t. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be writing anarchist plays of this kind!

AESCHYLUS: Αnarchist…?

CENSORSHIP: What was the regime at the time, Democracy or Tyranny?

AESCHYLUS: Democracy…!

CENSORSHIP: Impunity is what you had then, not Democracy! Everything you write from now on, it will be censored.

Summary

One-act satire that cleverly exposes the idiotic way in which censorship was commonly carried out during the seven-year Dictatorship that started in 1967 in Greece. A censor proceeds to ‘sanitize’ the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, the ancient tragedians, as well as these of comedy-writer, Aristophanes. The censor also assigns to all of them an octet to write, on a given theme. The results are ridiculous, but both censor and the minister are excited about them, and begin to think that their ‘National Government’ contribute in this way to the spiritual rebirth of the country.

[Prometheus Bound (Greek: Promētheus desmōtēs), is a tragedy by Aeschylus, the date of its composition still uncertain. The play concerns the god Prometheus, who in defiance of Zeus (Jupiter), saved humanity with his gift of fire. For this act, Zeus has ordered him to be bound to a remote rock.]

Credits

Text: Iakovos Kambanellis

Director: Aspa Tombouli

Video: Angeliki Hatzi

Assistant Director: Konstantinos Rodis

Performers: Thodoris Anthopoulos, Vassilis Vlachos, Nikos Doupis, Iliana Panagiotouni, Konstantinos Rodis, Christos Syriotis

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