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University of St Andrew's drama students are turning the downfall of Oscar Pistorius into a Shakespearean tragedy

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The story of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic runner who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend, has been turned into a Shakespeare-style tragedy by drama students at the University of St. Andrews.

The university’s drama group, Mermaids, will perform Pistorius: A Shakespearean Tragedy at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With the aim of merging elements of classical theatre with modern work and current events, the play tells the story of the runner’s downfall through Shakespeare’s English and poetic metre.

The double-amputee runner is placed next to the tragic protagonists of Shakespeare’s various tragedies in this university’s take on a recent scandal.

It will cover Pistorius’s story, from his anxieties during the 2012 Olympics to the sudden murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, to the courtroom battle that followed. The tension between the two families - Pistorius’s and Steenkamp’s - will play a significant role and act as a driving theme for the play.

A press release of the production states that they intend to “capture the Shakespearean insight into the human nature of this world-famous scandal.

“Uncovering the truth of Pistorius’s own issues with his father, fragility, and violent temper, the most recently acclaimed play of the drama society of Scotland’s oldest university performs the Olympian’s descent as a reminder of our own historic appetite for a fallen hero.”

The play is set to be performed at the Fringe the 14th-19th and the 21st-26th of August. 




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