Performing Greek Drama in Oxford and on Tour with the Balliol Players

Amanda Wrigley

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ISBN: 9780859898447

Publication: February 12, 2011

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Performing Greek Drama in Oxford is an absorbing celebration of the performance and reception of Greek drama in Oxford. Amanda Wrigley traces enduring connections between antiquity and dramatic performance in modern Oxford, and discusses the landmark events from the 16th century to the 1970s.This performance history of classical texts, especially those by the Greek dramatists, illuminates contemporary responses to debates on such matters as the position of women students, the ‘dangers’ perceived to be associated with undergraduate acting, and the position of classics within the curriculum at the University of Oxford. The book consistently engages with the history of theatrical performance of ancient plays beyond Oxford, for example, John Masefield’s Boars Hill Players, Penelope Wheeler’s Greek plays at the Front, and the link with the London stage through companies touring to Oxford, such as that led by Sybil Thorndike. Many of these engagements with Greek drama were facilitated by the connection with the classical scholar Gilbert Murray, who plays a central part in the history.This performance history of classical texts, especially those by the Greek dramatists, illuminates contemporary responses to debates on such matters as the position of women students, the ‘dangers’ perceived to be associated with undergraduate acting, and the position of classics within the curriculum at the University of Oxford. The book consistently engages with the history of theatrical performance of ancient plays beyond Oxford, for example, John Masefield’s Boars Hill Players, Penelope Wheeler’s Greek plays at the Front, and the link with the London stage through companies touring to Oxford, such as that led by Sybil Thorndike. Many of these engagements with Greek drama were facilitated by the connection with the classical scholar Gilbert Murray, who plays a central part in the history.

Amanda Wrigley is Researcher at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford (2001-2009) and Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics at Northwestern University (2009-2010). She specialises in the archival investigation of theatre history and the history of Greek plays on radio. She has recently co-edited Aristophanes in Performance, 421 BC–AD 2007 (2007) and Dionysus since 69: Greek Tragedy at the Dawn of the Third Millennium (2004).

Contents List of Illustrations Abbreviations 1 Introduction: performing antiquity in Oxford, 1500s-2000s 2 The academic drama in the humanist curriculum and culture of Oxford 2.1 William Gager's defence of acting 2.2 Catalogue of plays in the 16th and 17th centuries 3. 'The Young Men in Women's Clothes': from the classical burlesques of the 1860s to the 1880 Agamemnon 3.1 Classical burlesques in Oxford and the great London scandal 3.2 The 1880 Agamemnon and Jowett's sanction of drama 4. Productions in ancient Greek by OUDS, 1887-1914 4.1 Alcestis in 1887: melodrama in the New Theatre! 4.2 Aristophanes revitalized: music and 'stage business' in the 1892 Frogs 4.3 The importance of Hubert Parry's music in OUDS' Aristophanic tradition, 1897-1914 5. Women, war and Gilbert Murray 5.1 Robert Bridges' Demeter at Somerville College, 1904 5.2 Penelope Wheeler, Greek plays at the Front, and the Boars Hill Players 5.3 Sybil Thorndike and post-WWI productions of Murray's translations 6. OUDS, college and Playhouse productions, 1920s-1960s 7. The Balliol Players, 1923-1927: social idealism and performances for Thomas Hardy 8. Balliol Players, 1928-1939: 'a first-class excuse for legitimate vagabondage' 8.1 The end of one era, and the beginning of another 8.2 The film of the 1934 Ajax 8.3 Towards the Second World War 9. The Aristophanic Balliol Players, 1947-1977 Bibliography Appendix 1. Production chronology Appendix 2. Prosopograph Appendix 3. Note on archival material in Balliol College, APGRD, and the Bodleian Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 150 x 230 mm

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780859898447

Publication: February 12, 2011

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