THE legend of the Trojan war in which a small city stood up against the Greek Empire is being replayed by three Wrexham actors in Cardiff.
The drama students from NEWI have already appeared at Clwyd Theatr Cymru in a production of Shakespeare's classic Troilus and Cressida directed by Terry Hands.
Now they are touring with the show at the New Theatre in Cardiff.
Stephen Davies, 22, in his second year of a Theatre Studies degree, and first year Performance Studies students Dan Holden, 27, and Adam Jones, 22, all play a variety of roles in the play, working alongside established stars of stage and screen, including Royal Shakespeare Company actor Jeffrey Dench, brother of Dame Judi, Josh Richards who starred as Haemon in the epic Hollywood film Troy, Adrian Bouchet from Alien Vs Predator and Waterworld actor Gerard Murphy.
Troilus and Cressida tells a story of Trojan Paris' brother who falls in love with the stubborn and chaste Cressida while the rest of the city battles the Greeks over Paris' own love, the beautiful Helen of Troy.
'The first day was very strange,' says Stephen. 'For a while I was totally star-struck because I had seen so many of the cast on film and on TV.
'Watching really experienced actors at work was amazing and it taught me a lot about how to understand and play Shakespeare, as well as how to make the best use of my voice.'
Dan, who was the very first student to enrol on NEWI's new Theatre and Performance course, was also bowled over by the experience.
'It gave me a huge boost,' he said. 'It really helped me to appreciate the commitment shown by the cast and crew when staging a production of such a high standard.
'I knew when I started that the Theatre and Performance course at NEWI was hands-on, but I never dreamed I would actually be on stage next to well-known professional actors within such a short space of time.'
The project is the first step in a developing relationship between NEWI and Clwyd Theatr Cymru.
'The placement of drama students in major productions as part of a long-term plan to bring theatre back into the community,' said NEWI's Theatre Studies programme leader Dr Gavin Baker.
Troilus and Cressida will run at the New Theatre in Cardiff until Saturday, March 12.