BBC Radio 4, 6-7 March 2008
Radio 4’s season of modern rewritings
of Ovid concluded with Echo and Narcissus and Myrrha.
Both dramas were written in the modern idiom, produced in contemporary life, concerning a body-builder, an idealistic teenager,
and another teenager experiencing repression in rural Ireland in the 1980s. The moral lessons
of each tale emerged loud and clear; but I did get the sense that the mythological and contemporary elements of both productions
did not quite cohere. However I applaud Radio 4’s attempts to popularize Ovid.