An adaptation of Euripides' Women of Troy for a large cast.

This adaptation lands a journalist from the C21st in Troy following the sacking the city by the Athenians. The journalist embeds herself with the Women of Troy and reports the course of events back to the ABC. She is inexorably drawn into the lives and personal struggles of the Women with tragic results.

  • adaption, greek tragedy
  • 50
  • 16 total
  • 9 female identifying, 7 male identifying
  • 12 to 16, 16 to 18
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: I'm now standing in front of the symbol of the Athenian victory. A huge structure that makes the most gargantuan humvee look inconsequential by comparison. It is, of course, the Trojan Horse and it is a sight to behold. It was the ultimate three card trick when the Trojans mistook it as a gift from the Gods and led it into the City Square. They partied all night offering thanks to Zeus's daughter, the Virgin Pallas.


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 40

EXTRACT: My darling. I'm sending this from my hotel sanctuary. Although, I'm not sure how much of sanctuary it really is. To be frank I need some time to collect myself. And to share my thoughts with you. Life in the square is incredibly debilitating. The tension is unbearable. It is heightened by moments of sheer madness like the one I just witnessed. I've never seen anyone flirt with danger the way Cassandra does. She treats it like it is her lover. What I really need is a vodka martini and a fag.


Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 63

EXTRACT: You stand here dressed for celebration/ Mocking us with your fancy robes./ Like you are going to a glittering ball/ Instead of facing the final curtain call?/ Your victory Menelaus is complete/ With this pathetic figure at your feet/ Her head must roll as an example to others/ That death awaits those who abandon their lovers.



ABC Radio National's Airplay program's final broadcast features 'Women of Troy' by Ned Manning.

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