An allegory of addiction recovery: exploring the performance of Eumenides by Aeschylus, as adapted by 18 ANO theatre group

Zontou, Zoe (2013) An allegory of addiction recovery: exploring the performance of Eumenides by Aeschylus, as adapted by 18 ANO theatre group. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 18 (3). pp. 261-275. ISSN 1356-9783

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Abstract

This paper examines the performance of the Eumenides, as adapted and performed by 18 ANO theatre group. 18 ANO is the theatre group of the Drug dependence treatment unit 18 ANO of Attica's Psychiatric Hospital, which is based in Athens, Greece. Each year 18 ANO organises performances in the wider community with the aim of promoting social inclusion for people in recovery from alcohol and drug dependency. Their performances are usually adaptations of classical play-scripts, which operate as an allegory of recovery from addiction. Drawing on Jan Cohen-Cruz's theory of ‘engaging performance’, this paper explores that the extent to which the adaptation of classic plays can be used successfully as an allegory of the participants' personal stories of overcoming addiction and stigmatisation. It proposes that the act of watching a classical play adapted by members of a drug dependency rehabilitation unit could potentially challenge the social stereotypes and misconception frequently associated with addiction.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: addiction, allegory, applied theatre, Greek theatre
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Drama,Dance and Performance Studies
Depositing User: Susan Murray
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2014 09:53
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2014 09:53
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/170

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