The Centre was set up in 2018 in order to provide a long-term hub for collaborations between our researchers and contemporary play-makers, theatre educators, and secondary schools. We are open to working with anyone who thinks they might benefit from our expertise in Greek and Roman drama and the other ancient performance genres (such as Greek epic and lyric poetry). We also know quite a bit about post-classical ‘receptions’ and ‘re-imaginings’ of ancient performance texts from late antiquity to the present day.
The Centre works to bring Classics’ and other Schools’ research activity to the wider academic community, and to the general public beyond the university. We are also keen to learn from and and collaborate with other researchers in fields relevant to the Centre. To that end, we organize conferences and workshops which bring together scholars from across the globe and an annual lecture from a visiting academic or theatre practitioner.
We sometimes give advice and support to new student productions of Greek and Roman drama which take place in St Andrews. (Since the Centre’s inception, St Andrews students have staged four plays: Aristophanes Birds, Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis, Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus and Plautus’ Menaechmi)