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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...
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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...

First Approach: Pre-Historical & Archaeological

Alan Read

Alan Read is Professor of Theatre at King's College, London, UK. He was Director of the Council of Europe Workshop on Theatre and Communities, and Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in the Docklands area of South East London, in the 1980s, worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and as Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1990s and was the first Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University and then King's College London between 1997 and the present. He is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (1993) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (2008). He is the founding consultant editor of Performance Research journal. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre in the Expanded Field: Seven Approaches to Performance

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...The room that you are reading this in almost certainly has walls. I would like you to look up for a moment from the page and look at them. They could be the walls of a café, a library or a waiting room, but you will know they are your walls...

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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...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...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 4th September, 2014. Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother, stricken with grief. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home...

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...