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Oedipus Rex 2020

WARWICK ANCIENT DRAMA FESTIVAL

SOPHOCLES’ OEDIPUS REX, 30-31 JANUARY 2020

GENEROUSLY FUNDED BY THE BRITISH ACADEMY

Following the success of the 2018 and 2019 Ancient drama festivals, this January the Warwick Classics Department and Classics Society present Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

Set in 1928, this musical production gives the famous play a city-noir twist. The arrogant West, fuelled by its industry, courses towards the Great Depression, themes reflected in Oedipus’ relationship with his own fate. Oedipus, King of Thebes, searches for the murderer of his predecessor, Laius. His city has become diseased and impoverished, destined to remain as such until the killer is revealed. The investigation draws Oedipus towards a prophecy he has always dreaded. As the day darkens, fate begins to spiral out of his control.

Supporting the performance, the Department is offering a series of lectures, discussions and seminars for school students 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)

- Mr Kirk Hastings (Music composer and Choir leader), Participatory workshop based on the choral songs & music composition of Oedipus King.

More specifically:

  • The performance of the 30th of January (7.30 pm) will be preceded by a talk and discussion on Oedipus by Professor Emeritus Oliver Taplin and Dr Emmanuela Bakola (at 6.30pm), with Q & A. 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. The (provisional) programme can be downloaded here. If you wish to book your pupils for this day, please email our Research and Outreach Assistant, Ms Emmy Stavropoulou (e.stavropoulou@warwick.ac.uk) stating the (approximate) number of participants and the talk/workshop options you wish to attend by 8 January 2020. For access & parking information and other enquiries please also email Ms Stavropoulou .

In the last two years, the Schools Day became fully booked very quickly, and we operated a waiting list. If the event is fully booked or an evening event is preferable, schools can *also* book for the performance of the 30th of January (7.30 pm), which will be preceded by a talk and discussion on Oedipus by Professor Oliver Taplin and Dr Emmanuela Bakola (at 6.30pm) with Q & A. Tickets for the Thursday performance and discussion are £6, and will be soon available for booking at the Warwick Arts Centre website.

 

We hope to see as many of you as possible there.