Plautus Menaechmi

The Comedy of the Mirror 

MESSENIO
What the…! What am I seeing?
SOSICLES
What are you seeing?
MESSENIO
Your mirror. 
SOSICLES
What are you on about?
MESSENIO
It’s your spitting image! He’s couldn’t be more alike!
SOSICLES
True, he's not all that dissimilar when I look at myself.

(Plautus Menaechmi 1061-1063)

This was a project led by Dr. Beppe Pezzini, and involved an original production of Plautus Menaechmi, performed by students attending his module on Roman Comedy (LT4207) in 2018/2019.

The play was performed at the Byre theatre in St Andrews on 30 April and 1 May 2019, with more than 400 people in attendance over the two days. It also  featured a special performance for local schools.

The project addressed, at all levels of the production (translation, costumes, directing, music etc.) the long-standing question about how to adapt an ancient play for a modern performance, between faithfulness to the original and the need for public accessibility.


Materials:

Research

article on the mirror metaphor and Roman Comedy by Beppe Pezzini (forthcoming in HSCPh)

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