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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Ber,off is during this meal that it is revealed that Eddy is not their blood, but instead adopted. Faber and Faber, Yet, the similarities end there. Greeks to Grotowski Ed. The final Berkoff work looked at is The Theatre of Steven Berkoff contains descriptions and photographs of his plays in production. Berkoff’s approach to Greek, as well as all his theatre, mixed the ideas of Artaud with the Greeks and Shakespeare. After a brief synopsis of the text, more analysis will be made of Berkoff’s revisitation of the work.

The ending put a modern twist on stfven legend, as well as made a statement about the state of a selfish society.

Greek (play) – Wikipedia

Berkoff has made the point of expressing his opinion of Thatcher within his works. In Greek, as well as several other of his plays, this English society is under rule of the fictional Maggot Scratcher, a character based upon the non-fictional Margaret Thatcher.

University of Geneva, By using Thatcher as a character in his works, Berkoff historicalises an era in British history, and in Greek connects the modern with the bdrkoff. He gains wealth, travels around the world, and is stefen devoted and in love with his wife.

Greek (1980)

Other playwrights strayed from such negative topics, and instead tried to show the good that existed in society. Though Berkoff’s s society and values may seem dated to contemporary audiences, its effect was strong during its era and gives modern audiences a period of history berkogf can easier relate to.


When the mythological shit hits the fan, Marcus Farnsworth makes Eddy’s cataclysmic scream truly terrible, and his madness has a sweetness akin to Stravinsky’s Tom Rakewell in Bedlam.

Greek is not a modernization of a classic tragedy, but a revisitation of it.

Eddy gets into an argument with the manager of the restaurant and then kills him. As previously mentioned, Aristotle laid out the rules of tragic theatre theory in Poetics. Carr and Arthur M. Yet, there was one element from the classic tragedy that did not fit with Berkoff’s retelling. With the piece ensemble hogging space behind, action is at the front of stage, an England flag draped on the podium.

The desensitized audience that Berkoff wrote Greek for could relate to the Oedipus plot with its modern connections.

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 his mum. Yet in the end, Eddy does not reach the same conclusion as his Grecian counterpart. Yet, they decide it is not important and they will discuss it with him at a later date: Show 25 25 50 All.

Steven Berkoff felt that Berkofd was more than an adaptation of Oedipus Rex, but instead a tribute to the spirit of Sophocles and Grecian society.

The theory, a sexual desire for intimacy with the parent of the opposite sex while having a sense of rivalry with the parent of the same sex, was known as the Oedipus Complex. Oedipus found a city in the grip of a plague and sought to rid the city of its evil centre represented by the Sphinx.

Greek – review

In one chapter, he discussed his views of berrkoff necessary qualities in a great tragic hero. Eddy seeks to reaffirm his beliefs and inculcate a new order of things with his vision and life-affirming energy. But more recently, scholars have looked toward Berkoff’s written works, performance style and productions for the source of their writings. Things continue to get better for Eddy.


Act Two greeo with a decade passed. Eddy definitely does not fit that description. Masterpieces of the Greek. Conductor Michael Rafferty brings out both violence and lyricism, with Turnage’s instrumental colouring wonderfully realised. Act one begins with Eddy explaining his humble beginnings within a blue-collar family in the London borough of Tufnell Park. Berkoff’s autobiography Free Association also discusses his theories and motivations more in depth.

Who better to discuss the reasoning and theory behind the creation of Greek than Steven Berkoff himself?

Two such scholarly writings will serve as support in this essay. Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald. By solving the riddle, Eddy has killed the sphinx and ended the plague. InSigmund Freud connected the play with one of his psychoanalytic theories. Berkoff, Steven Free Association. Mark-Anthony Turnage’s chamber opera Greek — first performed in and based on Steven Berkoff’s play — reworks the Oedipus story; Turnage was just 26 — what nerve.

A variety of productions have been staged, as well as a variety of different interpretations of the tragic tale. Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory. Berkoff is a dramatist with no regard to dramatic rules. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Yet, his first look at the tragedy would not be the last by scholars.

The Theatre of Steven Berkoff. 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. One can only imagine how Aristotle would view Stephen Berkoff’s Greek.