Star of the Big Picture Show. 'Scenes From an Execution' by Howard Barker. State Theatre Company of South Australia [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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The execution referred to in Howard Barker’s play, written for radio in 1983 and first fully staged in 1989, is not a death, but the creation of a painting. But the painting is about death, the slaughter in the Battle of Lepanto, fought between the Venetians and the Ottoman Turks in 1571. The naval battle was a big day for Venice, asserting the supremacy of the Venetian mercantile empire against the Turkish invasion.