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Following the success of the 2018 and 2019 festivals on Medea and Frogs, the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick would like to invite teachers and students to this year’s Ancient Drama Festival, which will focus on Sophocles’ Oedipus King.

The festival will take place on 30 and 31 January 2020, with the 31st of January specifically dedicated to schools. The play itself will be produced by the Classics students at Warwick, and will be performed at the newly renovated premises of the prestigious Warwick Arts Centre.

For more information and a provisional programme, please visit the play’s website.

Supporting the performance, the Department is offering a series of lectures, discussions and seminars specifically for school students to link in with Greek, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Drama and English syllabuses at GCSE and A Level (no previous knowledge of the subject area or play will be expected), and general audiences. These include:

  • Professor Eric Csapo (British Academy Global Professor of Classics at Warwick) – The Myth of Oedipus: Textual, Visual and Material Representations’
  • Professor Oliver Taplin (Emeritus Professor of Classics, Oxford) in discussion with Dr Emmanuela Bakola on ‘Themes in Sophocles’ Oedipus: Translation and Performance’
  • Professor Michael Scott (Professor of Classics at Warwick) on ‘The Historical Context of Oedipus King’
  • Dr Emmanuela Bakola (Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature, Warwick) on ‘The House, the Mountain, the Hero, Fate and Responsibility: A Performance Analysis of Sophocles’ Oedipus King
  • Dr David Fearn (Reader in Greek Language and Literature, Warwick) on The Sophoclean Hero and the Chorus‘ (seminar)
  • Kirk Hastings (Music Composer and Choir Leader) – Participatory workshop based on the choral songs & music composition of Oedipus King.

The performance of the 30th of January (7.30 pm) will be preceded by a talk and discussion on Oedipus by Professor Oliver Taplin and Dr Emmanuela Bakola, with Q&A (at 6.30pm). Tickets for the Thursday performance and talk are £6, and will be soon available for booking at the Warwick Arts Centre website.

The 31st of January event (the ‘Schools day’) is FREE for teachers and pupils, but schools are asked to organise their own transportation and lunch.

If you wish to book your pupils for this day, please email Ms Emmy Stavropoulou, Research and Outreach Assistant, stating the (approximate) number of participants and the talk/workshop options you wish to attend by 8 January 2019. For access & parking information and other enquiries please also email Ms Stavropoulou. Schools can also book for the performance of the 30th of January (7.30 pm).