‘A woman standing in front of a palace’ – one of many powerful images from Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, which will be performed later this month as the 2010 Cambridge Greek play. Earlier this week we went behind the scenes to talk to the director Helen Eastman and composer Alex Silverman about their experiences of producing a new version of Aeschylus’ masterpiece. In the tradition of the Cambridge Greek play, actors will be speaking ancient Greek, but worry not – performances will be surtitled!

In the first video, you can hear us chatting about the challenges of learning (or re-learning!) Greek for dramatic performance, and also discover why the Agamemnon was chosen to be this year’s production. In the second video we get a sneak preview of some of the visual and musical elements, including what sounds to be a very exciting interpretation of the Trojan prophetess Cassandra.

You can read lots more about the play on the Agamemnon’s website, which contains academic essays on myth, drama and language, as well as another interview with Helen and Alex. And the production has a Facebook group and page, where you can see some great photos of the company rehearsing. You can also plug into the creative process via Helen’s Twitter feed.