Welcome

The APGRD is a research project based in the Classics Centre at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts in any medium and any period, from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, from stage to screen, from antiquity to the present day.

A world-renowned international research centre, the APGRD has been at the forefront of classical reception studies for over fifteen years and is a pioneer in classical performance reception. For more information visit the About us section, or to learn about our archives and resources visit Research collections.

APGRD News

Interactive/Multimedia e-books

The APGRD has received an AHRC Follow-On Funding Award  to produce two interactive/multimedia e-books.

The e-books, on the performance histories of Medea and Agamemnon, draw on our existing published research, considerably enhanced by our photographic, audio and video archival material as well as newly commissioned interviews and performances from scholars and theatre practitioners.  

The ebooks are free to download and are available either as an iBook for Mac or as an ebook for all other devices. Visit Medea, a performance history for more information and to download the first book.

Guest Archive Associate (October-December 2017)

We are delighted to welcome David Bullen as Guest Archive Associate. David curated the Bacchae exhibition for the Oxford Greek Play 2017, together with the play's art director, Franciska Csongrady. David is a doctoral researcher and visiting lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London, as well as a director, writer, and dramaturg. For the past two years, he has worked with the team from the APGRD to organise their annual joint symposium with the University of London. His research focuses on feminist engagement with Euripides' Bacchae in Britain from 1908 to the present, and he has a wider research interest in the modern theory and practice of Greek tragedy in general. This is reflected in his theatre work, which centres on the performance of Greek drama.

Artists in Residence: 23-28 October 2017

This week we welcome Out of Chaos theatre company and their artistic director, Paul O'Mahony to develop their new version of the Aeneid, entitled Crossing the Sea. A lecture-performance will take place on Friday 27 October at 5pm in the Ioannou Centre Lecture Theatre, 66 St Giles, Oxford.

Illustrations by Thom Cuschieri

The APGRD is delighted that the posters for our series of public lectures this term have been designed by illustrator and lecturer, Dr Thom Cuschieri who also provides original artwork for our interactive multimedia e-books. See the full range of Thom's posters and details of all the upcoming lectures on our Events page.