Reinventing the Classics
Symposium at Derby Theatre
Fri 28 February 2014, 2.30pm
2014 sees the staging of four prominent new adaptations of classic Greek tales by theatres across the country: The Odyssey and Penelope RETOLD at Derby Theatre; The Last Days of Troy (a new version of The Illiad) at Manchester Royal Exchange; and Antigone co-produced by Pilot Theatre, Derby Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East.
What relevance do these ancient tales have to a modern audience? Derby Theatre bring together some of the most exciting writers in contemporary theatre and leading academics in a symposium to explore the ideas and approaches to their new adaptations of these Greek classics. Attenders will have the chance to both listen and discuss.
In the chair:
Charlotte Higgins is the chief arts writer of the Guardian. She contributes to the Guardian's news, features, op-ed, literary and arts sections, and is currently working on a major project about the BBC (Author of: Itís All Greek To Me - How Ancient Greece shaped our World and Latin Love Lessons Let Ovid Change your Life).
On the panel:
Roy Williams (writer of the new version of Antigone, a co-production with Derby Theatre, Pilot Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East) and is one of the countryís leading black playwrights. An OBE, Williams has many awards including the George Devine Award for Lift Off, the 2001 Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for his play Clubland, the 2002 BAFTA Award for Best Schools Drama for Offside and 2004 South Bank Show Arts Council Decibel Award. Most recently his play Sucker Punch was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Play 2011.
Mike Kenny is one of Englandís leading writers, specialising in theatre for young people and families. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Olivier for Best Entertainment, and was included in the Independent on Sundayís list of Top Ten Living UK Playwrights. His plays are performed regularly throughout the UK and all over the world.
Caroline Horton (creator of Penelope Retold for Derby Theatre) is a performer, writer, dramaturg and director, based in Birmingham. She trained with Philippe Gaulier in Paris from 2005 to 2007, after studying at Cambridge University. She is currently developing a new show called Islands, supported by the National Theatre Studio and is a leading light in the development of exciting, contemporary British Theatre.
Dr Emma Griffiths Ė Emma Griffiths read Classics at the University of Oxford before being awarded the Ashley Watkins scholarship at the University of Bristol. After achieving her PhD she held posts at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Birmingham before being appointed to a lectureship at the University of Manchester. She has published widely on the subjects of Greek drama and mythology, and is currently finishing work on a major project developed from her PhD work, expected publication in 2015 with OUP as 'Pathos and Potential: Child Figures in Greek Tragedy'. Emma has been involved with many productions of Greek drama, as actor, director and more recently as a consultant to student productions.
Tickets: £8 and £5 concession
Group discounts and student concessions available.
Tickets for the symposium just £5 when you book for The Odyssey
Please visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk to book or for more information or call the box office on 01332 593939 to book your ticket
Caroline Barth, Head of Learning | 01332 593944 | 07717 346525
Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, St Peterís Quarter, Derby, DE1 2NF
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