Department of Greek & Latin


Queer Adaptation and the Classics: Elagabalus and Sappho in Performance

1 November 2022

Thu, 3 November 2022, 17:00 – 18:30 GMT

The event will be introducing the first two chapters of a new interactive on-line resource titled Queering the Past(s) and designed to address an important gap in school education on LGBQT+ subjects (mandated in the UK by statutory requirements for schools to include Sex and Relationships Education as part of the secondary curriculum). 

It will comprise a roundtable discussion with some of the ebook creators and with performers and theatre practitioners from the By Jove Theatre Company who have written new theatrical pieces inspired by the content of the first two chapters, and will be followed by three staged readings of these newly-composed theatrical pieces.

 The event will be both live in the Christopher Ingold Building XLG1 Chemistry LT, Christopher Ingold Building - 20 GORDON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0AJ, and on zoom (zoom link details will be sent to all those who have registered a day in advance). Please register via Eventbrite.

5.00-5.30: Roundtable Discussion Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton College, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature and Primary Investigator of the ebook project), Hugh McElroy (Latin and Theology Teacher, Consultant for the ebook project), David Bullen (RHUL, Director, Dramaturg, and Writer), Wendy Haines (Writer), Christine Plastow (OU, Dramaturg), Malinda Smith (Actor)

5.30-6.15 Staged Readings from By Jove Theatre Company Selections from Sappho in Greek’: selected and performed by Christine Plastow / ‘I Got a Bad Desire’: written and performed by Wendy Haines / ‘I Don't Know Them’: written by David Bullen and performed by Malinda Smith

6.15-6.30: Q&A