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Greek and Roman Drama - Theatre History and Modern Performance (APGRD Public Lectures)

Podcasts of the lectures and in-conversation events with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and academics, on modern and historic performances inspired by ancient Greek and Roman texts - hosted by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. For upcoming public events please visit the APGRD website.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Creative Commons APGRD/TORCH panel discussion of 'We Are Not Princesses' Nur Laiq (TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow), Hal Scardino (producer) and Fiona Macintosh (APGRD) discuss We Are Not Princesses, a documentary about Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut telling their stories through the ancient Greek play, Antigone. Fiona Macintosh, Nur Laiq, Hal Scardino 18 Jun 2019
2 Creative Commons 'The Mask of a Very Definite Purpose': Edith Wharton and the Classics The annual Classics & English lecture given in May 2019: Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths) discusses Edith Wharton and the Classics. Isobel Hurst 03 Jun 2019
3 Creative Commons Homer and the Discovery of the Pacific An APGRD public lecture given in May 2019: Henry Power (Exeter) discusses Homeric resonances in the work of Alexander Pope, John Keats, and Thom Gunn. Henry Power 21 May 2019
4 Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage Melinda Powers (CUNY) discusses modern American adaptations of Greek tragedy. Melinda Powers 10 Apr 2019
5 Creative Commons The Dancer and the Ubermarionette: Duncan, Craig and Modernist Performance An APGRD / DANSOX public lecture given in February 2019: Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh) discusses the work of Isadora Duncan and Edward Gordon Craig. Olga Taxidou 25 Mar 2019
6 Creative Commons Classics and Social Justice An APGRD public lecture in October 2017: Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College) tells us about her work bringing Classics into prisons. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz 20 Mar 2019
7 Creative Commons The Politics of Greece's Theatrical Revolution, ca. 500 - ca. 300 BCE An APGRD public lecture given in April 2018: Peter Wilson (Sydney) discusses the relationship between Greek theatre and politics. Peter Wilson 20 Mar 2019
8 Creative Commons Gestures and Postures: the construction and reception of the tragic in Jean-Georges Noverre's dance-drama Agamemnon Vengé An APGRD / DANSOX public seminar given in November 2018: Nicole Haitzinger (Salzburg) discusses Noverre's use of gesture and the tragic. Nicole Haitzinger 20 Mar 2019
9 Tragedy's Endurance An APGRD public lecture from March 2018: Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin) speaks on the subject of her recent book, Tragedy's Endurance. Erika Fischer-Lichte 19 Mar 2019
10 Creative Commons Emily Wilson: A Reading A public reading at the APGRD from November 2017: Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), discusses and reads from her new translation of Homer's Odyssey. Emily Wilson 19 Mar 2019
11 Josephine Balmer: A Reading Poet, classical translator, research scholar and literary critic, Josephine Balmer reads from her latest collection, The Paths of Survival - inspired by the surviving fragments of Aeschylus's lost tragedy, Myrmidons. Josephine Balmer 13 Mar 2019
12 Creative Commons Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments), a solo durational dance work Created by APGRD Artist in Residence Marie-Louise Crawley Marie-Louise Crawley 04 Dec 2018
13 Director Wayne Jordan discusses Oedipus (Abbey Theatre 2015) The Abbey Theatre's artistic director Wayne Jordan talks to Professor Fiona Macintosh, about his acclaimed 2015 production of Sophocles' Oedipus. Wayne Jordan, Fiona Macintosh 03 May 2017
14 Bodies and Texts: Attitudes towards Ancient Tragedy Professor Ruth Webb (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III), examines attitudes towards tragedy from the Second Sophistic to Late Antiquity Ruth Webb 10 Jan 2017
15 The Oresteia at the Globe Theatre (2015) Director, Adele Thomas, and playwright / translator, Rory Mullarkey, talk about their production of Aeschylus' Oresteia at the Globe Theatre, London in 2015 Adele Thomas, Rory Mullarkey 11 Aug 2016
16 E. M. Forster’s Tragic Interior - David Scourfield David Scourfield, of Maynooth University, discusses E. M. Forster's relationship with Greek tragedy in the APGRD's second, annual Classics and English Lecture David Scourfield 10 Aug 2016
17 Marina Carr in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Playwright Marina Carr discusses her adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba, which premiered at the RSC in 2015, and her long-standing relationship with Greek Tragedy Marina Carr, Fiona Macintosh 09 Aug 2016
18 Helen McCrory discusses Medea with Edith Hall Actor Helen McCrory talks about her role in the acclaimed 2014 production of Euripides' Medea at the National Theatre Helen McCrory, Edith Hall 09 Aug 2016
19 Gwyneth Lewis on Writing Clytemnestra Poet and playwright, Gwyneth Lewis discusses her relationship with Greek tragedy and her play Clytemnestra. Gwyneth Lewis 09 Aug 2016
20 Ian Rickson on Sophocles' Electra Director Ian Rickson talks about his 2014 production of Sophocles' Electra at the Old Vic, London, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra Ian Rickson 09 Aug 2016
21 Creative Commons Jonathan Kent in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Director Jonathan Kent discusses his work with Greek tragedies, including Medea with Diana Rigg in 1992-1994; Hecuba with Clare Higgins in 2004; and Oedipus with Ralph Fiennes in 2008 at the National Theatre. Jonathan Kent, Fiona Macintosh 11 Aug 2016
22 Creative Commons Frank McGuinness in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness talks with Fiona Macintosh about his work adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and Medea. Frank McGuinness, Fiona Macintosh 11 Aug 2016