The Ostraka Plays - Volume FIVE - CONSTANTINOPLE, ITS DREAMS

Constantinople, once the greatest city ever known, has degenerated into a grotesque; a carnival of buffons and butchers who stumble with abandon and glee through this city's mazes and its endless riddles. In this play, the City is both a meditation and an escape – a dream in which the past imagines the present. More

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Words: 27,370
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466031517
About Francis Hagan

I have been writing on and off since I was a shy lad hiding under the bed and scribbling in an out of date diary (I think it was about my space travels). Most of my works have been either plays populated with grotesques who stumble around ruins and those odd places we forget about or epic tales of those last Roman legionaries as they falter and fall at the end of Empire.

Over the last three years, I have embarked on a series of plays which I have entitled 'The Ostraka Plays' and in which I am exploring that space where the irrational and the seductive collide. I remain fascinated by a poetics which allows an imagination to populate a forgotten nook in history outside our conventions and expectations. In these plays, the audience is invited into worlds which remain provisional and insecure - and where freedom is that release from convention.

The other side of my writings could not be more opposite - in these stories, the dying light of Rome flutters one last desperate time as I seek to follow the last of the Eagles down into their fates. Here, archaeological record, literary fragments, and my own invention intertwine to set a stage ripe for heroics and betrayal.

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