Agamemnon / Messenger

Play Details

  • Play
    Agamemnon
  • Author
    Aeschylus - Ted Hughes
  • Era
    21st Century

Scene Details

  • Act
    1
  • Scene
    1
  • Genre
    Tragic

Character Details

  • Name
    Messenger
  • Gender
    Either
  • Age
    Adult
  • Ethnicity
    Unspecified

Summary Details

  • Could be played by Male or Female. Messenger speach, addressed to the audience, documenting Iphigenia's death. A Greek play detailing the return of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War to his death. Waiting at home for him is his wife, Clytemnestra, who has been planning his death as revenge for the sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia. Furthermore, in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence, Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin and the scion of a dispossessed branch of the family, who is determined to regain the throne he believes should rightfully belong to him. "The prayers go up. Her father Gives the signal. Iphigenia Is hoisted off her feet by attendants – They hold her over the improvised altar Like a struggling calf."