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Euripides' Bacchae 2022

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Warwick Classics Society are proud to announce our 2022 Ancient Drama festival production of Euripides' Bacchae, directed by Jessica Johnson and produced by Katharine Broderick.

Set in ancient Thebes, this tragedy tells the story of King Pentheus and his refusal to accept the power of the god Dionysus...

The programme for the festival is outlined below. Due to demand, our ever popular Schools Day is now booked out, but watch this space as we are hoping to live stream the performance - we will announce here as soon as we have confirmation, as many will want to share in seeing this fantastic event as it happens.

Tickets for our public performances on the evenings of the 27th and 28th of January can be booked through this link.

We will be posting behind the scenes photos, videos, a trailer, and much, much more in the coming weeks, so stay tuned and accompany us on our exciting journey in putting this incredible piece of drama onto the stage.

Live Streaming of Schools Performance 28th January 15.30-17.00

Due to unprecedented demand for our Schools Performance, we will now be live-streaming the performance of The Bacchae online as it happens. To book your place in the live-streaming and to receive the online sign-in, please fill in the booking form through this link. If you have any questions about the live-streaming and how it will work, please email Xavier Buxton Xavier dot Buxton at Warwick dot ac dot uk

Programme of Events

27TH JANUARY 2022

From 18.30: Auditorium open

18.30 – 19.15: PUBLIC LECTURE: ‘Nature and the Divine in the Bacchae’ Dr Emmanuela Bakola (University of Warwick)

19.30 – 21.00: PERFORMANCE of Euripides’ Bacchae (ticketed; open to general public)

28TH JANUARY 2022: SCHOOLS DAY

10.30 am – Main stage auditorium open

 

11.00 – 12.00: WELCOME, AND PLENARY LECTURE

11.00 – 11.20 – ALL (Main Stage) – Welcome and Introduction to Ancient Theatre - Xavier Buxton (University of Warwick)

11.20 – 12.00 – ALL (Main Stage) – ‘The historical context of the Bacchae’ - Professor Michael Scott (University of Warwick)

12.15 – 13.00: SEMINARS – SESSION 1

Option A: Professor Fiona Macintosh (Professor of Classical Reception, University of Oxford) ‘The Bacchae in twentieth-century performance’

Option B: Professor Eric Csapo (British Academy Global Professor of Classics, University of Warwick) ‘Dionysus' Face and Pentheus Dress: Dionysian Imagery and Symbolism'

Option C: Professor David Fearn (University of Warwick) on ‘Chorus and Characters in the Bacchae’ (seminar)

Option D: Xavier Buxton (University of Warwick) ‘Drama as Cult, or The Mysteries of the Bacchae’.

13.00 – 14.00: LUNCH BREAK FOR ALL

14.00 – 14.45: SEMINARS - SESSION 2

Option A: Professor Fiona Macintosh (Professor of Classical Reception, University of Oxford) ‘The Bacchae in twentieth-century performance’

Option B: Professor Eric Csapo (British Academy Global Professor of Classics, University of Warwick) ‘Dionysus' Face and Pentheus Dress: Dionysian Imagery and Symbolism'

Option C: Professor David Fearn (University of Warwick) on ‘Chorus and Characters in the Bacchae’ (seminar)

Option D: Xavier Buxton (University of Warwick) ‘Drama as Cult, or The Mysteries of the Bacchae’.

15.00: Theatre doors open for audience to take seats

15.30 – 17.00: PERFORMANCE of Euripides’ Bacchae (Main Stage)

17.15 – 17.45: Q & A with Director and Producer

19.30 – 21.00: PERFORMANCE of Euripides’ Bacchae (ticketed; open to general public)

If you have any questions about the event please contact Xavier Buxton at xavier dot buxton at warwick dot ac dot uk