On Wed 2 October, 2-5pm, in Arts Seminar 1, Andrea Cabrera Luna of Anahat Theatre Company ( will lead a workshop on the performance of choral passages from Greek tragedy.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn from an experienced theatre practitioner, and no prior knowledge of the text or familiarity with Greek tragedy is required. The focus will be on movement and gesture, so comfortable clothing and footwear are recommended, but don’t worry if you have no experience of performance – most of us will be complete beginners! By bringing a choral ode to life in this way, our aim will be to gain insights into the richness of tragic choral poetry and the challenges of performing it.




The Company of Wolves theatre company will be performing the acclaimed show Achilles at the Barron Theatre on North Street, 7.30pm on Saturday 12th October.

Written by the performer, Ewan Downie, it contains narrative, dance and song in its telling of Achilles’ story. For a taster, see and

The School of Classics has exclusive access to this performance, and tickets are free.

28 May 2019, University of La Réunion


The workshop aims to investigate, within a variety of different forms (epic, comedy, tragedy, etc.), the processes of ‘restitution’ of ancient texts in Ancient Régime France. The term is chosen because of its semantic ambivalence (between ‘restitution (of the Ancients) to their right place’ or ‘restitution (of the Ancients) to the moderns’), in order to overcome the traditional dichotomy between ‘translation’ and ‘adaptation’.

A Performance of Plautus’ Menaechmi (30 April and 1 May 2019. The Byre Theatre.)


Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, but Roman. Performed in English, but with a touch of Latin, from Classics Students of St Andrews.

Workshop on ‘Translating Aeschylus: pragmatic perspectives’ with Martin Revermann (Toronto) and Francesco Morosi (SNS, Pisa) 10 April 2019, 2.30pm, School of Classics, St Andrews)


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18-19 April 2019, 7.30pm at the Barron Theatre, St Andrews

War. Religion. Family. Three things that have clashed and torn each other apart for centuries. But which are you willing to put first and which are you willing to sacrifice? Agamemnon faces an agonizing choice of whether his duty is to his country or to his family. Whichever he chooses he is damned. Set in a modern warzone with modern warfare we are looking to make Euripides’ disturbing two thousand year old words ring true and resonate with the conflict and destruction that plagues our modern day world. Directed by Rose Annable and Juliet Boobbyer.


A conference on Roman Comedy, with Maurizio Bianco,            Jon Hesk, Gianna Petrone, Giuseppe Pezzini                               (19 March 2019, Marsala, Italy, Monumento ai Mille, 9am-7pm)

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Conference on the ‘Allure of the Ancients’: Early Modern Receptions of the Ancient Near East

6-7 April 2019 Rhode Island Hall, Brown University

with Julia Prest (St Andrews), Maryam Sanjabi (Yale), John Steele (Brown) and others.

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Birds is set in a fantastical world where 2 men, Peisetairos and Euelpides, convince the world’s birds to create a celestial city, Cloudcuckooland, where birds will rule over both gods and humans. With a darker motive, Peisetairos gradually monopolises power, even turning against his companion, and the birds’ promised free world is shaped into a tyrannical society where rebellious birds are eaten by their leader…
That can’t be it. That bird’s feathers are falling off…and is that Prometheus walking around with a parasol? And why is everybody dancing?

The show starts at 7:30pm on the 3rd and 4th November at the St.Age! Tickets can be bought now here. 



Opera: Venus and Adonis

14 and 15 October 7.30pm (The Byre Theatre)


The University of St Andrews Opera Society proudly present their exciting new production of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Let John Blow’s sumptuous baroque score transport you to the foothills of arcadia where Cupid’s stray arrow has caused Venus’ desires and passion to fall upon the hunter, Adonis. Taken from Ovid’s metamorphosis, this rarely performed tale of desire and grief showcases the talents of young performers across the university community.




Voices18: SHINE – Science Meets Opera

25 October, 5.30pm (The Byre Theatre)


Byre Opera in partnership with SHINE and Voices18: John Eccles and William Congreve,The Judgment of Paris (1701) – the classical Homeric story performed by University students and staff, in partnership with the University of St Andrews School of Physics and Astronomy. A shepherd’s task – to choose the most beautiful of three goddess – is explored using Isaac Newton’s ideas about the imagined relationship between sound and colours, and with the help of modern space photography.  A meditation on how ancient, early modern and modern ideas about how humans see heavenly bodies.  17:30pm, Thursday 25th October, Byre Theatre, FREE.  (Directed by Jane Pettegree).


Preceded by public talk: The Judgment of Paris: sound, light and heavenly bodies, from Isaac Newton to the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys’ – 24th October, 1430, Younger Hall Rehearsal Room.  Anne-Marie Weijmans and Jane Pettegree, discussing this project’s collaboration between music, literature and modern science

Zinnie Harris Lecture: Oresteia/This restless house

10 October 5.15pm School 3 St Salvator’s Quad


Zinnie Harris is a multi-award winning playwright, screenwriter and theatre director. In 2016 she was commissioned to adapt the ‘Oresteia’ by the National Theatre of Scotland/Citizens’ Theatre for performance in Glasgow and subsequently at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017. In her lecture she will discuss her approach to Aeschylus’ ancient text and how she brought ‘This Restless House’ (winner of the Best New Play at the Critics Awards For Theatre in Scotland 2017) to the stage.