Warwick Ancient Drama Festival 2019 Aristophanes’ Frogs

The students and staff at the University of Warwick Department of Classics and Ancient History would like to invite teachers and students to our Annual Ancient Drama Festival for Schools on Friday 25 January 2019. The day will focus around a performance of Aristophanes’ Frogs, directed by Kelsi Russell. The play will be produced by the Classics students at Warwick and will be performed at the Warwick Arts Centre.

For more information, please check out our production webpage:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/research/outreach/dramafestival/frogs/

Supporting the performance, the Department is offering a series of lectures and seminars specifically for school students to link in with Latin, Greek, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History, Drama and English syllabuses at GCSE and AS/A2 (no previous knowledge of the subject area or play will be expected). These include:

  • Dr Michael Scott (Professor of Classics) on ‘Aristophanic comedy and society’
  • Dr Emmanuela Bakola (Associate Professor of Ancient Greek Language and Literature), on ‘Why does Dionysus choose Aeschylus at the end of Frogs?’
  • Professor C.W. Marshall (Professor of Classics, University of British Columbia) ‘Aristophanic comedy: serious laughter?’
  • Dr David Fearn (Reader in Greek Language and Literature): ‘Aristophanes Up Close’ (seminar-workshop)
  • Dr Marchella Ward (Archivist/Researcher, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford) ‘Staging Aristophanic Comedy’

The day will begin at 11am and finish at 5pm. The event is FREE, but attendees are asked to organise their own transportation and lunch. For detailed timings, access information and other enquiries please email our Outreach Assistant, Harvey Aungles (H.Aungles@warwick.ac.uk).

If you wish to book, please email Harvey Aungles with the (approximate) number of students by 23 December 2018.

If the Friday performance is fully booked, or an evening event is preferable, you can also book yourselves for the performance of the 24th of January (7.30 pm), which will be preceded by a talk on Frogs by Professor C.W. Marshall and Dr Emmanuela Bakola (at 6.30pm). Tickets for the Thursday performance and talk are £6 only (bookings for this performance will open soon at the Warwick Arts Centre website. 

For information, videos, and teaching resources based on our 2018 production Medea, please follow the link below to our fantastic updated website:
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/research/outreach/dramafestival/medea2018/

For information, videos, and teaching resources based on our 2018 production Medea, please follow the link below to our fantastic updated website:
https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/classics/research/outreach/dramafestival/medea2018/

 

Provisional Programme

24 JANUARY 2019

PUBLIC TALK AND PERFORMANCE

6.30 pm – Pre-performance talk and discussion on Frogs and Aristophanic comedy, by Professor C.W. Marshall (University of British Columbia) and Dr Emmanuela Bakola (University of Warwick)
7.30 pm – Production of Aristophanes’ Frogs by the Warwick Classics Society, directed by Kelsi Russell

Bookings at https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/list/theatre

 

25 JANUARY 2019

SCHOOLS DAYFrom 10.30 am – Main stage auditorium open
11am-11.20 Main Stage – ALL – Welcome and Introduction to Ancient Theatre – Dr Emmanuela Bakola
11.20-12 – Main Stage – ALL – ‘Aristophanic Comedy and Society’ – Professor Michael Scott

SEMINARS – SESSION 1

12.15-1pm  Option A: Dr Emmanuela Bakola: on ‘Why does Dionysus choose Aeschylus at the end of Frogs?’
12.15-1pm Option B: Professor C.W. Marshall (Professor of Classics, University of British Columbia) ‘Aristophanic comedy: serious laughter?’
12.15-1pm Option C: Dr David Fearn (Reader in Greek Language and Literature) on ‘Aristophanes up close’ (seminar/workshop)
12.15-1pm Option D: Dr Marchella Ward (Archivist/Researcher, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford) on ‘Staging Aristophanic comedy’
1-2 pm – Lunch break for all

SEMINARS SESSION 2

2.15-3pm  Option A: Dr Emmanuela Bakola: on ‘Why does Dionysus choose Aeschylus at the end of Frogs?’
2.15-3pm Option B: Professor C.W. Marshall (Professor of Classics, University of British Columbia) ‘Aristophanic comedy: serious laughter?’
2.15-3pm Option C: Dr David Fearn (Reader in Greek Language and Literature) on ‘Aristophanes up close’  (seminar/workshop)
2.15-3pm Option D: Dr Marchella Ward (Archivist/Researcher, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford) on ‘Staging Aristophanic comedy’
3pm – Doors open of theatre for people to take seats
3.30pm – 5pm PERFORMANCE of Aristophanes’ Frogs

Bookings – please contact Outreach Assistant, Harvey Aungles H.Aungles@warwick.ac.uk with the (approximate) number of students by 23 December 2018.

We look forward to seeing you here in January.