This production of Aristophanes' most controversial play began with a new translation by two University College London classics scholars. Charles Connaghan produced an accurate but punchy rendition of the dialogue, including all obscenities. John Curtis Franklin made metrical translations of all choral passages as the basis for the musical reconstruction, the principles of which are drawn from his research into ancient Greek music.
directed by American author Dan
Robb with a cast
from Oxford, England, the production debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe,
August 2000. The promotional device of a traditional Greek phallic procession,
with a 25-foot long todger paraded by the cast to the accompaniment of
Balkan music, was quickly banned from the Royal Mile by the Fringe Office
(related here by Tim Younger). Playwright
and novelist David Mowat of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art provided
choreography inspired by Greek and Balkan folk dance. 'Scenery' was a
sequence of eighty back-projections of ancient vase paintings.