Dionysia Fest 2019

We are delighted to be holding our fourth annual Dionysia Festival on Friday 21st June, 9.30 – 12 at Corpus Christi College Auditorium.

It will consist of a series of short scenes from ancient Greek plays performed by Year Eight students from Cheney School, followed by refreshments, and a twenty minute performance by theatre company Found in Translation.

If you would like to attend, please email info@irisproject.org.uk

Every year, Year Eight Classics groups at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney put on their own Dionysia Festival at Corpus Christi College. They are introduced to the ancient Greek comic playwright Aristophanes, who lived and wrote in Athens in the fifth century BC, and to four of his plays, Frogs, Birds, Peace and Clouds.

The students then choose scenes from these plays to perform, designing costumes, props and set, making a short video trailer and poster, and also adapting scripts to include references to contemporary politics and events.

We are very grateful to Corpus Christi College for letting us use their auditorium (and Professor Stephen Harrison for organising this), and to Professor Fiona Macintosh, Professor of Classical Reception, Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) and Fellow of St Hilda’s College, for opening the event and judging.

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