Thebes: A Global Civil War

Inspired by Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes


Directed by Pantelis Flatsousis

Which processes of memory are being activated when entire societies are being faced with enormous collective and unhealed personal traumas of civil war? Can we narrate them on stage, using the ancient myth as a springboard in order to create a new universal narrative?

In Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes, a man embarks on a military campaign against his brother and city. Ultimately, they both die, killing each other. The war may not be exactly civil; it is most certainly fratricidal though. In today’s historical circumstances, where the local and the global meet, could the bleak possibility of a World War III look like a global civil war?

Text assembled by Pantelis Flatsousis & the ensemble

Directed by Pantelis Flatsousis

Dramaturgy Panagiota Konstantinakou

Set and costume design Constantinos Zamanis

Original musical composition Henri Kergomard

Video design and editing Constantine Nisidis

Sound Engineer Kostas Michopoulos

Lighting design Christina Thanasoula

Dramaturgy collaboration Ioanna Lioutsia

Scientific consultant Manos Avgerides

Assistants to the director Athena Bakoyianni, Anna Karamanidou

Production managers Rena Andreadaki, Zoi Mouschi

Executive production Spectrum

Cast Racha Baroud, Vedrana Bozinovic, , Albertine Itela, George Kritharas

Clarinet Evangelia Nikolouzou

Cello Alexandros Sioupoulis

Photographer Yiannis Berreris

Premiere: 21-22 July 2023 Athens Epidaurus Festival 

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