The Last Days Of Troy

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01Drama2015011120160723 (R4)

The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage's dramatisation of Homer's Iliad. The Greeks are laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the conflict drags on, and despite battlefields scarlet with blood, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. Desperate and exhausted, both Gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war and the hand of victory.

The Last Days of Troy reveals a world locked in cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and a dangerous mix of pride, lies and self-deception.

Lily Cole gives her radio debut as Helen of Troy - the face that launched a thousand ships.

Original Music by Alex Baranowski

Directed for Radio by Susan Roberts

First directed for The Royal Exchange Theatre by Nick Bagnall.

'Beyond the battlefield, the original tale is a back-room story of wounded pride, and the push and pull of family ties and national loyalty - tense and intriguing, with moments of great tragedy and breath-taking humility. Everything we have come to expect of the great myths'

Simon Armitage.

02Drama2015011820160730 (R4)

The story of the Trojan War. Simon Armitage dramatises Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid.

The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage's dramatisation completes Homer's Iliad and Virgil's Aeneid

The Greeks are laying siege to Troy to win back their abducted queen, Helen. But as the conflict drags on, and despite battlefields scarlet with blood, opposing forces have reached a bitter stalemate. Desperate and exhausted, both Gods and mortals squabble amongst themselves for the spoils of war and the hand of victory.

The Last Days of Troy reveals a world locked in cycles of conflict and revenge, of east versus west, and a dangerous mix of pride, lies and self-deception.

Lily Cole gives her radio debut as Helen of Troy - the face that launched a thousand ships.

Original music composed by Alex Baranowski

Directed for Radio by Susan Roberts

First directed for The Royal Exchange Theatre by Nick Bagnall.