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2008-10-10 09:00:34

By Grania McFadden It certainly has resonances for modern Ulster, but local playwright Owen McCafferty's new production is a reworking of an ancient, Greek classic. He tells Grania McFadden why he was very determined to resurrect it for this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's The war is over. But the conflict continues over how to honour the dead. Should we turn our backs on the troubled past, or should the future wait while we remember the fallen? It's a question which has often been...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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