“War never kills war It destroys what it can destroy and it starts again in order to destroy again”
In November 2018 Collide Theatre created an experimental new opera; a musical journey through a war’s noise and the silence of its aftermath. Written in 2015 by one of Greece’s most prominent writers, Dimitris Dimitriades, TROY is a raw account of the destruction that war brings upon a human soul.
Translated and directed by Emily Louizou, with an original music composition by David Denyer, we ask you to join our exploration of the unsolvable human need to create horror and violence.
In our production, a chorus of three female actor-musicians sing, play, and collectively bring the ghosts of the past back from Hades. Our chorus presents the accounts of three generations, three perceived symbols of masculine power: The King of Troy, his son, and his grandson. All of them were brutally killed by the Greeks but their voices return to ask for more war.
TROY foregrounds the defeated of the Trojan War in order to speak about the wars of the past, the wars of the present, and the wars of the future. This machine of annihilation which humanity has created and does not seem to want to bring to an end. But this is not yet another show about war, it is an ode to humanity.
One vicious cycle. Three female voices. Countless wars.
Presented as part of VOILA Europe Festival at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden from the 11th-13th November 2018.
Funded by the Arts Council England.
Samara Zwain trained on the BA Performance (Actor Musician) at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits includes :- NO MATTER WHERE I GO (Arcola Theatre), FUTURE TENSE andHAMLET MACHINE (both for Lambeth Universal) MACBETH(It Takes Two) GARGANTUA (Soho Theatre / Lost Theatre) and HAMLET (The Young Vic Festival) Theatre whilst training at Mountview includes :- AS YOU LIKE IT, THE NATIVITY, OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR,CABARET, PERICLES, SREDNI VASHTAR, THE POSITIVE HOUR, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and HER NAKED SKIN. Samara is delighted to be working on this production of Troy.
Ellie-Jane Goddard is originally from West Sussex. She studied at the Rose Bruford College, graduating with a BA (Hons) in 2017. Whilst at Rose Bruford, she played Shoshana in ISLAND SONG, Masha in THE SEAGULL, Lady Anne in RICHARD III, Ilse in SPRING AWAKENING, Charlotta in CHERRY ORCHARD, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY and Sonya in CELEBRATION to name a few. Ellie-Jane’s professional Theatre credits include: No. 1 UK Tour of SON OF A PREACHER MAN (Dusty Touring Limited, directed by Craig Revel Horwood), plus Maggie (Magpie) in THE LITTLE BEASTS for The Other Palace / Perfect Pitch.
Sophie Crawford is an actor musician who trained at Cambridge University and the National Youth Theatre. Her work in theatre includes The Used Blood Junkyard (Arcola); War Horse (West End); Twelfth Night (Orange Tree Theatre); Translunar Paradise (International Tour). She runs the theatre company Glimmer Theatre, the drag king band BOYZ and performs as a folk musician in her own right.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Emily Louizou (Director & Translator) was born and raised in Athens, Greece. For the past five years she has been living and directing plays in the UK. She trained on the acclaimed MFA Theatre Directing programme at Birkbeck, University of London. Prior to this, she completed her Bachelors Degree in English Literature at University College London (UCL). Since 2013 Emily has directed, choreographed, written and produced more than 15 plays. For 2017-2018 she was the Resident Assistant Director at HOME Theatre in Manchester during which she assisted award-winning directors and theatre companies, as well as directing the UK premiere of the Mexican play Love of the Fireflies and creating her own version of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Emily is the Artistic Director and Founder of Collide Theatre company with which she has directed four sold-out site-specific productions in London. She is also a workshop leader and an Artist Mentor for Barbican Centre London. (http://www.emilylouizou.com)
David Denyer (Composer) is a British-German-Armenian multi-award-winning composer and violinist. He graduated with distinction on his MComp in Composition from the Royal College of Music in 2015, and was awarded the Joseph Horovitz prize in Composition for Screen. David was also awarded a Sunday Times Judges Commendation in 2015 and in 2016 he was included in the Old Vic 12 Best Composers. He began his collaboration with Emily Louizou in 2015 when he wrote original music for the Bacchae which Emily directed at the West End in London. His recent work includes Richard III (Baron’s Court Theatre), As You Like It (RADA Studios), The Love of the Fireflies (HOME, Manchester), I Want You To Admire Me/But You Shouldn’t (New Diorama, supported by Arts Council England). Tejas Verdes (Streatham Hill’s Old Theatre, July 2017/ Tanner Street’s Warehouse, April 2017), Hamletmachine (Garage, Ugly Duck 2016), 4.48 Psychosis (Crypt Gallery, London), Streetcar Named Desire (London, June 2015), Inferno (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2015), Bacchae (London and International Tour, 2015). (http://www.daviddenyermusic.co.uk)
Ioli Filippakopoulou (Movement) trained as a performer in Athens, as well as at Laban School of Contemporary Dance. In 2012 she gained her MA in Movement Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and later begun her PhD studies at Central Saint Martins. Since 2015 she has been a visiting lecturer and academic tutor on the MA Movement: Directing and Teaching course at Central. Ioli has also taught at Rose Bruford, East 15, Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins, London Metropolitan University and the University of Exeter (Drama Department). Recently, she has been co- developing a series of explorative workshops for actors and performers with disabilities. Recent credits as movement director/choreographer includes: Timon of Athens (RSC), Metamorphosis (R&D at HOME, Manchester), Tejas Verdes (Ugly Duck & Women and War Festival), The Elders (Theatro Tehnis), Hamletmachine (Ugly Duck), 4:48 Psychosis (St. Pancras Church), After the End (Fringe Festival), My Home is Right Here (Athens).
Rachel Horowitz (Producer)has been the Producer at Collide theatre since 2016, shows include: TROY (2018), Tejas Verdes (2017) and Hamletmachine (2016). Currently the Creative Learning and Community Manager at Hackney Empire she specialises in producing events, productions and courses that create access and pathways into the industry for emerging artists. Credits at Hackney Empire include On Track Weekender & Festival (2018), Artist Development Programme (2018, 2017),Twist Theatre Company’s MACBETH at C Venues and Hackney Empire(2016). Rachel is an associate of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, having worked in company and stage management roles on a number of productions and courses since 2015. Since 2017, she co-leads the interviewing for the Backstage courses intake and creative leadership.
Ioana Curelea (Designer) is a set and costume designer who was born and raised in Romania. She studied Fine Art for 10 years in Bucharest, before moving to the UK in 2013 to train as a theatre designer. She holds a BA and a MA in Set Design for Theatre from Wimbledon College of Art. She is fascinated with performance art and unorthodox theatre making. Some of her credits include work in some of London’s best intimate spaces. Her recent credits include set and costume design for Camden People’s Theatre, the Landor Space, the King’s Head Theatre, Pleasance Theatre, and RADA studios. Ioana is also a member of the award winning company We Are Kilter (https:// http://www.wearekilter.co.uk/projects).
Alex Karavia (Stage Manager) has graduated from the University of Hull where she did a BA in Drama and Theatre Practice. She has experience in various production roles including Stage Manager, Props Maker, Costume Supervisor as well as Front of House and Box Office duties. She was the Stage Manager in Collide Theatre’s Tejas Verdes (2017). She has also gained event management experience in festivals such as Leeds International Film Festival and Summer Nostos Festival. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Z Theatre Company (August 2014). firstname.lastname@example.org
Anya Dye (Assistant Producer) works as a Production Assistant at the National Youth Theatre, and has previously worked for NYT as a Deputy Stage Manager on their West End REP Season. Anya is excited to be working on a show with Collide Theatre.
Production images taken by Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou