Oroonoko revived

In 1696, the Irish playwright Thomas Southerne adapted Aphra Behn’s novel Oroonoko for the stage. Though his version strayed quite widely from the original, it was popular at the time and is significant for its maintenance of Aphra’s critical stance on slavery. It was with considerable interest, therefore, that on Saturday 9 July, the intrepid readers of the CCS gathered at St Peter’s to explore this fascinating Behn-Southerne drama. They used a new version by Stewart Ross that had been cut, modernised and in one place altered to reflect the original. The reading was much enjoyed by all who took part. Indeed, the series of Behn presentations has been so successful that more are planned for the autumn.

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