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House of names, Colm Tóibà n ; read by full cast

Label
House of names, Colm Tóibà n ; read by full cast
Language
eng
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
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Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
Main title
House of names
Music parts
not applicable
Responsibility statement
Colm Tóibà n ; read by full cast
Summary
'They cut her hair before they dragged her to the place of sacrifice. Her mouth was gagged to stop her cursing her father, her cowardly, two-tongued father. Nonetheless, they heard her muffled screams.' On the day of his daughter's wedding, Agamemnon orders her sacrifice. His daughter is led to her death, and Agamemnon leads his army into battle, where he is rewarded with glorious victory. Three years later, he returns home and his murderous action has set the entire family, mother, brother, sister, on a path of intimate violence, as they enter a world of hushed commands and soundless journeys through the palace's dungeons and bedchambers. As his wife seeks his death, his daughter, Electra, is the silent observer to the family's game of innocence while his son, Orestes, is sent into bewildering, frightening exile where survival is far from certain. Out of their desolating loss, Electra and Orestes must find a way to right these wrongs of the past even if it means committing themselves to a terrible, barbarous act
Target audience
adult
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable