Passions and Illusions

Passions and illusions identify central aspects of the texts chosen for the Inda 2024 season. They are enthralling and all-consuming passions that of Phaedra’s love and that of Ajax’s honour and glory. They are illusions those of Miles, vain and boastful, always ridiculous, but forced by his own imagined omnipotence to a punishing end, verging on the tragic. Phaedra, the sudden and fatal falling in love; Ajax, the most heroic hero of all Greek tragedy; Miles, who contains within himself millennia of Falstaff-like fanfares, are protagonists who touch deep chords in all of us and attract us like true stage magnets.