Loren O’Dair | David Stuttard | Tamsin Shasha | Mark Katz | Ross Gurney Randall

Loren O’Dair | David Stuttard | Tamsin Shasha | Ross Gurney


... on Radio 4’s Today programme

David’s pastiche Greek drama, Economus Wrecked, written in response to a request from the BBC’s Chief Economics Correspondent, Hugh Pym, was broadcast on Radio 4’s Today programme on 20th May 2010.

The cast were:  Greece ... Tamsin Shasha | Hermes ... Ross Gurney Randall

Messenger ... Mark Katz | Europa ... Loren O’Dair.  All combined to play the Chorus.

You can listen to the broadcast by clicking the play arrow to the right.  The full script is printed below.

Economus Wrecked


I am Greece.  Greece – once mighty, proud, but now reduced to misery.  I have been wandering the whole world searching for

my daughter, Glory.  Glory has been taken from me, stolen, snatched away by Hermes, god of trickery and theft, deception, yes,

the god of… bankers.  Hermes has taken my Glory from me.  And look, my people have come too, to join me in my search for her!


When Glory still strode head-high in these parts

We taught men science, politics and arts,

We fought for freedom on the field of Marathon,

Bestrode the world, and built the Parthenon. 

But now, we who once gloried in Olympic Games

And Liberty are shackled in the chains

Of debt and of despair.  Is this to be the end of our heroic story?

No!  No!  And no again we say!  Restore our Glory!


What is this rabble at my door?  This crowd – it reeks of debt.  Be gone!




I am he.


Do you not know me?  I am Greece!!!


I knew you once.  I have no longer any use for you.


You have stolen my child.  You have bereft me of my honour.


I?  How?  Your Greeks – were all too happy once to take my loans.  They begged me. ‘Lend us your money.  Please!!!’ 

What could I do?  And all the time they thought they were so clever, fiddling their taxes, bleeding the country white with corruption. 

And you blame me?  You are the culprit.  You.  And if I have, indeed, stolen your Glory, it is simply because you could not keep

her – because you did not deserve her.


I think that what he says rings all too true.

But, mother Greece, we must hear a reply from you.


You say the Greeks begged you for loans.  Perhaps they did.  But what of your responsibility?  Remember the three mottoes

enshrined at Delphi!


‘Know Yourself’.  ‘Nothing in Excess’. 


And the third?  The third said, ‘Speculate with money and you unleash anarchy.’  A simple warning, but a true one.  And so I

blame you, Hermes, you.  You turned your back on ancient wisdom and you brought your country to its knees.  And now you’ve

even stolen the one thing we had left: our Glory.


Yes, Hermes, it is you we blame!

You’ve brought us bankruptcy and shame!

And you’ve reduced us to such hopeless measures

That Germans tell us we should sell our ancient treasures!

So, shame on you!  And shame on all your bankers

You’re villains all – the lot of you, you’re…

Look!  Who is this?  A man is coming running from the city!


Greece!  Oh, Greece!  The tragedy I have to tell!


What is it?  Speak!


Your city, glorious Athens, once the beacon of the world, now seethes with violence.  Your people have been driven to despair;

destruction stalks the streets.  How has it come to this?  How has Greece fallen so?


But look!  Descending from the sky!  A goddess draped in a blue robe all stitched with stars!


I am Europa, a goddess now, though once I was a Greek.  But Zeus snatched me away that he and I might make sweet

economic union.  I have resolved to help you.  For I, too, have a daughter, Euro.  Many worship her; and her I lend to you to

make you great again!


And what must we do in return?


Work!  Work!  Work longer and for less, and knuckle down!  It is for Greece, that one day she might be reunited with her

daughter, with her Glory.  Remember, when Pandora opened up her box unleashing misery like a volcanic ash cloud over all the

earth, there was one thing alone she did not lose.  And that was Hope.  So, tighten your belts, cling to Hope and work.  And one

day Greece will be reunited with her Glory.


Enough of Grecian tragedy!  Enough we say!

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