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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...

Ancient Ideas

Darren Royston

Darren Royston is a Dance and Movement Tutor and Choreographer at RADA, and the Artistic Director and Choreographer for Nonsuch History and Dance. He is council member of many professional organisations including The Laban Guild for Movement and Dance, The European Association of Dance Historians, DANCE UK Choreographers' Forum and the Early Dance Circle (UK) and a member of UNESCO International Council for Dance. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dramatic Dance : An Actor’s Approach to Dance as a Dramatic Art

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Within the Time Frame The classical period of Greece and Rome. From Homer to the Decline of the Roman Empire (approximately 800 bc to ad 500). Communities established around city...
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...Age recommendation: 15+ (some strong, bloody images) This archive recording was captured on 4th July, 2012. In the unstable aftermath of a civil war, Creon, the new King of Thebes, asserts his authority by forbidding anyone from honouring...
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...Sophocles' Theban plays – Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Colonos and Antigone – stand at the fountainhead of world drama; they tell the story of Oedipus, Jocasta and Antigone, and the ancient Greek theme of power, both mortal and godlike...
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...This Greek tragedy tells the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes and husband of Jocasta. When the discovery is made that he is the son of the same Jocasta and of the previous king Laius (whom he has unwittingly murdered), Oedipus blinds...

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...

Our Ajax  

From an original work by

Sophocles

~playauthor~Written by~ Timberlake Wertenbaker , Sophocles ~playauthor~From an original work by~ Sophocles

Faber and Faber, 2013

Faber Drama

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Roles: Total (9), Female (2), Male (7), Unassigned (0)

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...Torn between army politics and the love of his soldiers on the front line, a legendary leader spirals out of control. Inspired by Sophocles’ classical play, Our Ajax draws on interviews with contemporary servicemen...

Cyclops

Written by

Euripides

~playauthor~Written by~ Euripides

Methuen Drama, 2002

Classical Dramatists

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...Silenus, father of the Satyrs, has been trapped on Sicily, held prisoner by the Cyclops son of Poseidon, Polyphemus. Silenus is despondent: his captive fate was found when seeking to rescue another god, Dionysus. Instead, it is Silenus...

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...