British American Drama Academy: ‘Greek Theatre – From the Ancient World to the Modern, Through Theory and Performance’

The British American Drama Academy is pleased to announce the new course: Greek Theatre – From the Ancient World to the Modern, Through Theory and Performance, a month-long summer program dedicated to exploring the performance and reception of ancient drama.

The course, a four week summer intensive, explores the performance and the reception of ancient drama, taking participants from BADA’s classrooms and the theatres of London, to ancient sites in and around Athens, to Oxford University, immersing them in the scholarship of Greek Theatre in performance from the ancient world to the present day.

Participants will explore the interaction between text, performance and context, paying close attention to the cultural, social and political developments in Athens in the 5th Century BCE, combining theory and practice throughout.

At the heart of the course lies the fruitful interaction between text, performance and context, since the course also pays close attention to the cultural, social and political developments in Athens in the 5th Century BCE. We’ll combine theory and practice throughout, and there will be opportunities to perform in Greece, and amongst the statues of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Course Director Paul O’Mahony says, “The course represents the perfect alignment of BADA’s rich tradition of training in London and Oxford, with the huge benefit of exposure to the sites of Ancient Greece. We have assembled an incredible itinerary, with access to academics and practitioners with compelling expertise in research, archiving and performance.”

BADA’s Dean, Eunice Roberts, adds, “Participants will come away with a deep understanding of the culture and context in which Greek theatre developed and be able to draw connections from the ancient theatre, through Shakespeare and the Elizabethan theatre, to theatre and performance today.”

The course is open applicants at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as those who are not currently enrolled in educational programmes. Its interdisciplinary model means it is suitable for students and theatre practitioners at various stages of their careers. Applicants aged 18 must have at least one year’s experience away from home to be considered for this course.

For full course details, 2021 dates, and deadlines, or to submit an application, visit BADA’s Greek Theatre page: http://www.bada.org.uk/study/greek-theatre