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Exodus, Ἔξοδος: In search of a contemporary catharsis

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Greek tragedy has helped shape our understanding of life, trauma, violence, war, life and death. It is the ‘mother’ of many contemporary theatrical narratives and it still manages to inform, educate, entertain, engage, shock and transform...

The Sense of Inevitability

Michael Ewans

Michael Ewans (MA Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Conjoint Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Before retiring from the Chair of Drama in 2011 he specialized in directing plays and chamber operas, translating Greek tragedy and comedy, and writing books and articles which explore how operas and dramas work in the theatre. He has published several articles and three books on opera: Janácek’s Tragic Operas (1977), Wagner and Aeschylus: the ‘Ring’ and the ‘Oresteia’ (1982), and Opera from the Greek: Studies in the Poetics of Appropriation (2007). Michael Ewans was elected in 2005 to a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performing Opera: A Practical Guide for Singers and Directors

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016

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...Introduction The distinguished translator and classical scholar Richmond Lattimore published in 1964 a short book, Story Patterns in Greek Tragedy. In this he argues that in all tragic drama there comes a climactic moment at which...

Ariane Mnouchkine’s Les Atrides: Uncovering a classic

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...As sociologist Jean Duvignaud once put it, there is something incredibly odd about meeting up in a dark room to watch a group of people play out a text written several centuries ago (1965: 56). This is precisely what theatre aficionados do...

Directing Greek tragedy as a ritual: Mystagogy, religion and ecstasy

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...The original context of the performances of Greek drama in the fifth century bce in the festival in honour of Dionysus was marked by various rituals that were known and shared by the entire community, and thus carried their own emotional...

The Family Saga

J. Michael Walton

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical Theatre, Masks and Puppets, Russian Theatre, American Theatre, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theatre, Directing and Acting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Euripides our Contemporary

Methuen Drama, 2009

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...Phoenician Women, Bacchae, Iphigeneia at Aulis Phoenician Women is Euripides’ Oedipus play, seldom read and not often seen, though a production was directed by Katie Mitchell for the Royal Shakespeare Company...

Menander

Kenneth McLeish

Kenneth McLeish studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. Once a full-time translator, author and dramatist, he published extensively including The Good Reading Guide, Shakespeare's People, The Theatre of Aristophanes, Companion to the Arts in the Twentieth Century, Myth, The Listener's Guide to Classical Music and Crucial Classics (both with Valerie McLeish) and The Bloomsbury Guide to Human Thought (as general editor). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Guide To Greek Theatre And Drama

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2011

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...Life Menander, the son of Diopeithes and Hegestrate, came from a wealthy Athenian family. He was born in 342/1 and educated at the Lyceum by Theophrastos, Aristotle’s successor. In 317 the kingdom of Macedon imposed Demetrios of Phaleron...

The Eschatology of Bread: Christ and the Bearded Lady (Notebook, 3 August 1995)

Edward Bond

Edward Bond is widely regarded as the UK’s greatest and most influential playwright. His plays include The Pope’s Wedding (Royal Court Theatre, 1962), Saved (Royal Court, 1965), Early Morning (Royal Court, 1968), Lear (Royal Court, 1971), The Sea (Royal Court, 1973), The Fool (Royal Court, 1975), The Woman (National Theatre, 1978), Restoration (Royal Court, 1981) and The War Plays (RSC at the Barbican Pit, 1985). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hidden Plot : Notes on Theatre and the State

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2000

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...In drama there are two subjects: the self and society. Each forms the other and is in conflict with the other.The Greeks united religion and drama: the Church divides them.Oedipus comes to the city. The Sphinx guards the way. The Sphinx...

Immortals and Mortals

J. Michael Walton

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical Theatre, Masks and Puppets, Russian Theatre, American Theatre, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theatre, Directing and Acting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Euripides our Contemporary

Methuen Drama, 2009

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...Alcestis, Iphigeneia Among the Taurians, Electra, Rhesus, Ion, Hippolytus, Bacchae Only four of Euripides’ nineteen plays (Children of Heracles, Iphigeneia at Aulis, Medea and Phoenician Women) do not include an immortal...

Theater of War: Ancient Greek drama as a forum for modern military dialogue

Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy : Auteurship and Directorial Visions

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017

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...Introduction The ancient tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides delve into timeless themes, such as honour, justice, loyalty...

Playmaker and Image-Breaker

J. Michael Walton

J. Michael Walton has published and edited seven books on classical theatre history and has nine translations of Euripides plays in print, many on the Methuen Drama list. He is Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Hull where he taught from 1965 to 2002. While there he directed numerous plays and taught courses in Classical Theatre, Masks and Puppets, Russian Theatre, American Theatre, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Theatre, Directing and Acting. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Euripides our Contemporary

Methuen Drama, 2009

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...In 1913, as the First World War was looming, but still seemed preventable, Gilbert Murray published his Euripides and His Age. Euripides and His Age is still a seminal assessment of the background to the playwright...