Achilles, the greatest of the Achaean warriors, refuses to fight; angered that King Agamemnon has stolen his captive Trojan slave-girl, Briseis. "She shares my tent, she shares my bed. Her flesh is mine." Drawn from The Iliad, and produced in collaboration with Ashtar Theatre from Palestine, Brian Woolland's taut and poetic new play for Border Crossings brings together Homer's Troy and the Middle East of today: worlds shaken by cycles of violence and revenge, by ambition and self-interest masquerading as idealism; worlds struggling towards any possibility of reconciliation.
Brian Woolland worked as a van driver, a farm hand, a wine merchant and a photographer; as a teacher in mainstream education and in a therapeutic community for maladjusted adolescents before becoming an Advisory Teacher for Drama. He then took up a post at the University of Reading, where he taught on BA, MA degrees and on PGCE courses. On the BA he taught on a wide range of courses, specialising in educational drama, theatre production, Early Modern theatre, and modern American theatre. He is widely published as an author of educational and academic books, where his specialism is theatre of the early modern period. He has also had considerable success as a playwright - with eight plays commissioned and produced by professional companies, and two published in book form. He is currently working on This Flesh is Mine, a play which will be loosely based on The Iliad, and for which he has received a major Arts Council award. The play will be co-produced by London based Border Crossings and Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah, Palestine. He has written two novels, Dead in the Water (2010) and Tunnel Vision; and is currently working on a third, The Devil's Casebook, set in early seventeenth century London. His most recent play, A Terrible Madness, premiered at the Helen McPherson Smith Theatre, Ballarat, Australia on 13 October 2011.