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Carl Caulfield: Hecuba Reimagined

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This article analyses the play Hecuba Reimagined, written by Australian playwright Carl Caulfield and first performed in October 2016. Three previous twenty-first-century English versions of Euripides’ Hecuba are briefly discussed before Caulfield’s adaptation is examined. Caulfield’s modifications to, rejection of, abbreviation and amplification of parts of Euripides’ Hecuba are illustrated, and this section is followed by a detailed analysis of how he expresses the four main themes of his new play: a post-religious world, PTSD, the power of words and the rule of Law. There is a description of how the text was realized in the premiere production before a conclusion that evaluates the play, and summarizes the playwright's approach to adapting Hecuba.
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Keywords: Caulfield, Carl; Euripides; Hecuba; Hecuba Reimagined; adaptation; reworking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: The University of Newcastle, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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  • Adaptation, or the conversion of oral, historical or fictional narratives into stage drama has been common practice for centuries. In our own time the processes of cross-generic transformation continue to be extremely important in theatre as well as in the film and other media industries. Adaptation and the related areas of translation and intertextuality continue to have a central place in our culture with a profound resonance across our civilisation.
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