Fragments of a tragedy by Simone Weil
Translated and arranged by Richard Rees
Produced by Rayner Heppenstall
Also taking part: Wilfred Babbage, Edward Higgins, Morris Sweden, Frederick Taw
When she died at Ashford in Kent in 1943 the French religious philosopher Simone Weil left among her papers an unfinished tragedy, Venise Sauvee, based upon the same story as Otway's Venice Preserved. The fragmentary text has been published, together with her notes on the play.
Simone Weil's thought was deeply influenced by Greek drama. This play represents her unique attempt to express her ideas in dramatic form - and it is clearly intended to raise echoes of Aeschylus and Sophocles.