Persians, The Podcast

Exploring Europe’s oldest play in Europe’s oldest language

Everything you ever wanted to know about the oldest surviving Greek tragedy, brought to life in a vibrant new Irish translation.

Tune in daily from mid-festival to hear director Conor Hanratty shine a light on this new translation by one of Ireland’s foremost poets, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Contributors include Iarla Ó Lionáird, Edith Hall, Marie Mullen, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Mel Mercier, Oliver Taplin, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú, Owen Roe and Lillis Ó Laoire.

The Persians tells the story of a small island nation who conquered the massive army of its neighbours to the east, an empire that had threatened them for centuries. The play imagines the reaction of the community left behind, faced with a crippling defeat and the shame of losing to the underdog. Unusually for a Greek tragedy, it describes a real event, a battle in which the playwright himself took part. This play has never not been relevant: it is a critique of war, an attempt to imagine the experience of others, and a warning against military pride.

Translator Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Creator & Director Conor Hanratty

Producer Maura O’Keeffe


Persians, The Podcast will be available online during the Festival at the link below.