Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber opera Greek – first performed in and based on Steven Berkoff’s play – reworks the Oedipus story;. STEVEN BERKOFF. Plays One. East. West. Greek. Sink the Belgrano! Massage. Lunch. The Bow of Ulysses. Sturm und Drang. ******Created by ebook. See a bawdy, British retelling of “Oedipus Rex”. “GREEK” is a rags-to-riches story filled with sarcasm and scatological humor as only the “Bad Boy of British.

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Berkoff has made the point of expressing his opinion of Thatcher within his works.

Greek (play) – Wikipedia

Dramatic Theory and Criticism: The act ends with Mum and Dad questioning if they should have told Eddy that he is not their son. Abscesses of the soul! In the end, the audience receives the best of both worlds, the classic original and a modern spin on it, as does Eddy in the end of Greek with both his wife and mother. His passion for life is inspired by the love he feels for his woman, berkof his detestation of the degrading environment seven inherited.

At its best, this kind of theatre is so powerful, so visceral, that it forces audiences to react: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

In Greek, as well as several other of his plays, this English society is under rule of the berioff Maggot Scratcher, a character based upon the non-fictional Margaret Thatcher. Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. Yet, the similarities end there.


Angry young man Eddy doesn’t know he’s adopted, leaves his parents, kills a man — his biological dad — in a caff, falls in love with the wife stveen mum. One such work, Greek by Steven Berkoff, not only revisited the story of Oedipus but also reinterpreted it based upon the values seen in s Thatcherist London.

Yet, they decide it is not important and they will discuss it with him at a later date: Knight, Deborah From the Libido to Identity: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Wife specifically named Greek gods in this scene: Eddy is not just a modern version of Oedipus, but a representation of the effects of s Thatcherism. Sung in estuary English, it’s a compliment to say it sometimes feels sfeven an operatic Eastenders special — the Sphinx women sport Barbara Windsor wigs.

Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory. Greek also does not teach a moral lesson as learned from Oedipus Rex, instead it abandons all use of morality in the play. I ransacked the entire legend. Four Berkovian works will be cited in this essay. Act Two eteven with a decade passed.

Steven Berkoff may not be well known in the commercial theatre world, but he is widely known throughout the academic community. University of Geneva, Berkoff is a dramatist with no regard to dramatic rules. Besides modern interpretations and opinions of Oedipus Rex, the source text itself is important to the understanding of this essay. Steven Berkoff felt that Greek was more than an adaptation of Oedipus Rex, but instead a tribute to the spirit of Sophocles and Grecian society.


Eddy seeks to reaffirm his beliefs and inculcate a new order of things with his vision and life-affirming energy.

Who better to discuss the reasoning and theory behind the creation of Greek than Steven Berkoff himself? The desensitized audience that Berkoff wrote Greek for could relate to the Oedipus plot rgeek its modern connections. Greek is not a modernization of a classic tragedy, xteven a revisitation of it. Oedipus found a city in the grip of a plague and sought to rid the city of its evil centre represented by the Sphinx.

As previously mentioned, Aristotle laid out the rules of berkofg theatre theory in Poetics. Though his outcome is shaped by the fates, Eddy does not receive the pity that Oedipus may from audiences.

Eddy then leaves home to stop the plague affecting his family, poverty. In one chapter, he discussed his views of the necessary qualities in a great tragic hero. He gains wealth, travels around the world, and is ever devoted and in love with his wife.

Greek (1980)

Besides rudiments from the Oedipus story, Berkoff borrowed elements from Greek works and society and put them into Greek. He comes from a gfeek family in the ghettos of London.

Things continue to get better for Eddy. Faber and Faber Limited,