In this space I will be adding links to productions of ancient drama as well as public lectures on useful themes as and when I see them. If you can get to any of these performances or talks, either on your own or in your group, fantastic!
Please use the comments section on this page to link to information on any productions that you come across that i’ve missed.
‘A modern Greek Electra on ITV (1962): languages of translation’,
Greece in Translation conference, Faculty of Medieaval and Modern Languages,
University of Oxford, 5 October.
Thursday 11th October, 5.30pm at the University of Birmingham (LR6 Arts Building). The Birmingham and Midlands Branch of the Classical Association are hosting an evening with Professor Edith Hall, who will be posing the question: ‘Why do Women in Greek Tragedy still Speak to us Today?’.
‘Popular classics: Greek drama on BBC radio and television, 1920s-1990′, presented by Dr Amanda Wrigley in the evening of Tuesday 16 October for the Reading branch of the Classical Association.
Monday 29 October 2012, 2.15pm Classicist Margaret Williamson, from Dartmouth College, who specialises in the translation and adaptation of Greek drama is speaking at the APGRD on ‘Translating for the Stage‘.
Headlong is touring a Medea from 27th September until 1st December. This production is touring widely and sounds pretty interesting. You can read about the theatre company in an article in The Guardian.
Actors of Dionysus present a semi-staged reading of Euripides’ lost play ‘Paris Alexandros’, reconstructed by David Stuttard. 25th October at 7pm, Europe House, Smith Square, London. Tickets are limited, contact Lianna for more details: email@example.com.
Lazarus theatre company is putting on an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigeneia in Aulis at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre (SE London), called Iphigenia in Aulis: After Euripides from 2nd until 20th October.
The Marlowe Society presents a modern take on the Oresteia between 31st October and 3rd November at the University of Cambridge Theatre (ADC Theatre).
Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, is showing a ‘bold new version’ of Trojan Women by Caroline Bird, from 8th November until 15th December.
BCU/Birmingham School of Acting students’ performance of Phaedra at the Hippodrome from 12-15 December.
UCL’s Classical Play for 2013 is going to be Trojan Women. While it comes too late for this module, it’s certainly worth checking out their in-production blog, including the archives for Hippolytus, performed last February, to see how ancient drama is adapted for a modern audience in practice.