A clip of the soundtrack:
Directed by Mike Pearson, this new production of The Persians was staged in an in a military replica village based around "a four-storey house with no front wall and a stunning backdrop of mountains" (The Independent) on a 31,000 acre army range in the Brecon Beacons, normally out of bounds to the public.
Written by Aeschylus about events surrounding the war between the Greeks and Persians, The Persians was first produced in 472BC. The play describes the battle of Salamis from the defeated Persian perspective.
This production is part of the inaugural programme by the newly formed National Theatre Wales. The new translation is written by Kaite O'Reilly, with conceptual design by Mike Brookes and design by Simon Banham.
The production run of 12 nights from 11-21 August sold out and in addition to glowing reviews attracted widespread media attention including reports on Channel 4 News, ITV Wales, BBC 1 Wales and BBC Radio 4 Front Row, articles in The Guardian newspaper, articles in the Western Mail and on BBC Wales news website and arts blog, and numerous private blog entries.