Department of Greek & Latin


Euripides' Bacchae 2015 Lecture Programme

Ancient Plays for Modern Minds: A Public Engagement Programme

To complement the production of Bacchae we shall be offering a series of public lectures and panels which aim to illuminate the play and its context and to bring ancient drama to life for a modern generation. This exciting programme includes talks by academic experts every evening of the play's performance, as well as a one-day symposium on Greek tragedy involving contemporary theatre practitioners and academics in dialogue. All of our speakers have experience in working with schools, and the events will be suitable for students of Classics, Classical Studies, and Drama at all levels, as well as accessible to those without prior experience of Greek drama.

Schedule for 2015

All events are free of charge and open to all. However, space is limited for the talks, and pre-booking for the pre-performance lectures on Tuesday-Thursday is therefore essential: please reserve places for yourself and/or your group by emailing Mr. David Alabaster at classicsoffice@ucl.ac.uk. Each talk will last approximately 45 minutes, with time for questions at the end.
Tickets for the Friday 'Staging Greek Tragedy Today' Public Symposium will be available on a first-come, first-served basis via Eventbrite. Please register for the event here.

  • Tuesday 10th February

6.00-7.00pm - Public Talk by Professor Phiroze Vasunia (UCL) on Euripides' Bacchae Venue: 26 Bedford Way, Ground Floor, Bedford Way LG04.

  • Wednesday 11th February

6.00-7.00pm - Public Talk by Dr Dimitra Kokkini (UCL) on Greek Tragedy in its Cultural and Performative Context
Venue: Gordon Street (25) E28 Harrie Massey LT.

  • Thursday 12th February

6.00-7.00pm - Public Talk by Dr Fiachra Mac Góráin (UCL) on Dionysus in the Ancient World
Venue: Gordon Street (25) E28 Harrie Massey LT.

  • Friday 13th February

2.30-6.00pm - Staging Greek Tragedy Today: A Public Symposium
All events will take place in the UCL Bloomsbury campus.  See below for more details: