Audio reels held in the APGRD collection

Event Recordings

You can download or listen to audio recordings of APGRD events on our website, or you can subscribe to them on the University of Oxford's Podcasting site or on iTunes. Videos are hosted on the APGRD YouTube channel. To make them easier to browse, recordings have been arranged into the following categories:

Visit the APGRD Podcast for more conversations between members of the APGRD, scholars, and creative practitioners, and check our Events section to find out about upcoming events.

Creative practitioners talks

Recording of AE Stallings's talk at the APGRD in 2021, links to YouTubeA.E. Stallings in performance and conversation

Nov. 2021: Poet A.E. Stallings in conversation with David Ricks (KCL; APGRD Advisory Board member). Includes performances from her collections Archaic Smile (1999), Hapax (2006), Olives (2012) and Like (2018), as well as discussion of her creative process.

Recording of Tom Littler and Indra Ové's talk at the APGRD in 2021, links to YouTubeTom Littler and Indra Ové in conversation

Nov. 2021: Director/Dramaturg Tom Littler and actor Indra Ové in conversation about Jermyn Street Theatre's 15 Heroines (Nov. 2020), 15 monologues based on Ovid's Heroides and filmed at Jermyn Street over lockdown. Includes readings from the monologues by Indra. 

Poster advertising Femi Osofisan talk, linking to YouTube recordingFemi Osofisan in conversation

Nov. 2021: Playwright and poet Femi Osofisan in conversation with Tunde Awosanmi, Benson Eluma, Barbara Goff, and Kunbi Olasope, discussing Medaye. Hosted in partnership with the University of Ibadan and University of Reading.

Screenshot of Peter Sellars, linking to YouTubeInterview with Peter Sellars

June 2021: Theatre director Peter Sellars, interviewed by Silke Felber (Vienna), discusses his numerous adaptations of Greek tragedies; recorded as as part of the conference Collective Trauma and Contemporary Crisis in Performances of Ancient Tragedies

Screenshot of Ian Rickson and Kae Tempest, linking to YouTubeInterview with Ian Rickson and Kae Tempest

June 2021: Director Ian Rickson and playwright Kae Tempest discuss Tempest's new adaptation of Sophocles' Philoctetes, Paradise (National Theatre, 2021, dir. Rickson). Recorded as part of the conference Collective Trauma and Contemporary Crisis in Performances of Ancient Tragedies

Promotional image for the Greek Tragedy Masterclass on Film: Antigone, linking to YouTube recordingGreek Tragedy Masterclass on Film: Antigone

June 2021: Professional actors Evelyn Miller and Tim Delap explore different interpretations of scenes from Antigone with director Paul O'Mahony through discussion and in rehearsal, alongside talking heads from the creative industries and academia.

Poster advertising Inua Ellams in conversation with Helen Eastman, linking to YouTubeInua Ellas in conversation with Helen Eastman

May 2021: Inua Ellams - poet and playwright (The Half God of Rainfall, 2019; Ike / Rust, 2020) - talks to Helen Eastman (writer, director, and APGRD Advisory Board Member).


Poster for the Yaël Farber event, linking to YouTubeYaël Farber in conversation with Helen Eastman

May 2021: Yaël Farber - theatre director and playwright, known for radical adaptations of Greek tragedy such as Molora (2007) and Kadmos (2011) - talks to Helen Eastman (writer, director, and APGRD Advisory Board Member).

Poster for Kevin Willmott in conversation with Edith Hall, links to YouTubeKevin Willmott in conversation with Edith Hall

May 2021: Kevin Willmott - film director, screenwriter, Professor of Film at the University of Kansas, and co-writer of Spike Lee's 2015 film Chi-Raq (based on the story of Lysistrata) - talks to Edith Hall (APGRD co-founder and Professor of Classics at KCL).

Photographs of Marina Carr and Patrick O'Kane, linking to YouTubeMarina Carr and Patrick O'Kane in conversation

March 2021: Fiona Macintosh (APGRD Director) talks to award-winning Marina Carr and actor Patrick O'Kane, who plays Agamemnon in Marina's new play Girl On An Altar - a retelling of the myth of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.

Still of Tom Morris in online conversation event 2020, links to YouTubeTom Morris in conversation with Helen Eastman

Oct 2020: Tom Morris, the Artistic Director of Bristol's Old Vic, was recorded in an online conversation with Helen Eastman (Theatre Director/APGRD Advisory Board Member) in this virtual version of an APGRD Public Lecture.

Poster for APGRD 2019 event, We Are Not Princesses We Are Not Princesses: APGRD/TORCH panel discussion 

June 2019: Nur Laiq (TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow) discusses We Are Not Princesses, a documentary film about four Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut as they come together to tell their stories through the ancient Greek play, Antigone, with producer Hal Scardino and Professor Fiona Macintosh (APGRD Director).
Download or listen to the audio on the event's page

Poster for Wayne Jordan's talk at the APGRD in 2017

Wayne Jordan on Sophocles' Oedipus 

Feb 2017: Director Wayne Jordan in conversation with Fiona Macintosh about his acclaimed version of Oedipus, staged at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2015.
Download or listen to the audio on the event's page


Poster for talk at the APGRD about the Globe's 2015 Oresteia

The Globe Theatre's Oresteia (2015) 

Nov 2015: Director Adele Thomas and playwright/translator Rory Mullarkey discuss their production of Aeschylus' Oresteia at London's Globe in October 2015, with an introduction by Oliver Taplin. 
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Poster for Marina Carr's talk at the APGRD 2015Marina Carr in conversation with Fiona Macintosh 

Oct 2015: Fiona Macintosh talks to playwright, Marina Carr about her new adaptation of Hecuba, and her long-standing relationship with Greek tragedies.
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Poster for Helen McCrory's talk at the APGRD 2015Helen McCrory in conversation with Edith Hall

May 2015: Edith Hall (KCL) talks to actor, Helen McCrory about her role in the critically acclaimed production of Medea at the National Theatre in 2014.
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Poster for Gwyneth Lewis' 2015 talk at the PAGRDGwyneth Lewis on Writing Clytemnestra 

March 2015: award winning poet, and playwright, Gwyneth Lewis, talks about her 2012 play Clytemnestra, which premièred at at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, in April 2012.
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Poster for Ian Rickson's talk at the APGRD, 2014Ian Rickson in conversation

Nov 2014: director Ian Rickson discusses his production of Sophocles' Electra at the Old Vic, in a new translation by Frank McGuinness and starring Olivier Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas.
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Still of Helen Eastman's 2914 lecture, links to YouTubeTwo rounds of the Cambridge Greek Play - lecture

Helen Eastman, director of the 2013 Prometheus / The Frogs, talks about directing and producing the Cambridge Greek Play in an APGRD Public Lecture from February 2014. Available on YouTube.

Poster for Jonathan Kent's 2013 talk at the APGRDJonathan Kent in conversation 

Oct 2013, theatre and opera director, Jonathan Kent, appeared at the APGRD in conversation with Fiona Macintosh, talking specifically about his work with Greek drama. An abbreviated version of this conversation was published in a Special Issue of PMLA (2014) on tragedy.
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Portrait photo of Frank McGuinnessFrank McGuinness in conversation

Nov 2009:Fiona Macintosh in conversation with distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness about his work in adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and Medea.
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Antigone at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin, 1986 - interviews with original cast and director

During her doctoral research, Katerina Gotsi undertook interviews with key Irish actors and directors. To read transcripts of interviews with Colm Ó Briain, Anne Byrne, and Kevin McHugh go to the Katerina Gotsi interviews page

Readings and Performances

Screenshot from Dancing with Apollo residency documentary by Rocio Chacon, links to YouTube Cupid and Psyche: Dancing with Apollo Residency

July 2021: a 10-minute documentary by Rocio Chacon, on the DANSOX/APGRD/TORCH residency to develop a new dance-piece based on Cupid and Psyche; with choreographer Kim Brandstrup, dancers Liam Riddick and Laurel Dalley-Smith, violinist Sara Trickey, pianist Ivana Gavric, and Marina Warner as dramaturg. For more details see our TORCH-funded programmes

Recording of New Lines 2 at the APGRD in 2021, links to YouTubeNew Lines 2: contemporary poets and the classics

June 2021: the second in our series with Live Canon of readings by contemporary poets engaging with the classics. Featuring the poets Vasiliki Albedo, Matt Bryden, Kym Deyn, and Mehmet Izbudak, and hosted by Dr Helen Eastman.

Screenshot of the New lines event, linking to YouTubeNew Lines: contemporary poets and the classics

March 2021: in collaboration with Live Canon, a reading by contemporary poets engaging with the classics. Featuring: Fahad Al-Amoudi, Maia Elsner, Glyn Maxwell and Laura Theis, and hosted by Dr Helen Eastman. 

Screenshot of film of Odyssey Book 14 recorded at the Classics Faculty, OxfordOdyssey Book XIV

Dec. 2020: A performance of Odyssey Book 14. Filmed as part of the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies' Odyssey 'Round the World project. Directed by Dr Estelle Baudou, with Dr Giovanna Di Martino, and performances from Oxford postgrads, at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies.

Film accompanying Alice Oswald Moon Viewing event, November 2020, links to YouTubeAlice Oswald: Moon Viewing

Midnight 30 Nov 2020: A film made during lockdown to accompany Alice Oswald's global postal poetry performance; in collaboration with TORCH, DANSOX, and the English Faculty. For details of this unique lockdown event, see the event page

Poster for Emily Wilson's event at the APGRD in 2017

Emily Wilson: The Odyssey 

Nov 2017: A public reading: Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), discusses and reads from her new translation of Homer's Odyssey.
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Poster for Josephine Balmer's 2017 reading at the APGRDJosphine Balmer: A Reading

Nov 2017: poet, classical translator, research scholar and literary critic, Josephine Balmer, reads from her latest collection, The Paths of Survival, inspired by the surviving fragments of Aeschylus's lost tragedy, Myrmidons. Followed by discussion with Josephine Balmer, Laura Swift, and Oliver Taplin. 
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APGRD Artist in Residence: Crossing the Sea - lecture-performance

Still from Developing Crossing the Sea, links to YouTubePaul O'Mahony and Out of Chaos theatre company were APGRD Artists in Residence in October 2017, working on the development of a new version of the Aeneid, entitled Crossing the Sea. The residency culminated in a public lecture-performance on the 27 October, in which they presented their work-in-progress. The recording of this WIP lecture-performance is available on YouTube.

APGRD Artist in Residence: Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) - site-specific dance

Still from Likely Terpsichore performance, links to YouTubeDuring a six-month residency at the APGRD (Jan-June 2017), choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley developed a site-specific dance piece, Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments), in the gallery spaces of the Ashmolean Museum. Based on four female figures from Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Galatea, Myrrha, Philomel and Medusa - the piece took the foundational principles of ancient pantomime as its starting point.

Trackers of Oxyrhynchus Chorus recreation 2011, links to YouTube playlistTrackers of Oxyrhynchus' choruses performed 

At an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tony Harrison's Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, three original cast members (Colin Campbell, Conrad Nelson, and Lawrence Evans) re-created two choruses from the production.


Reading Metamorphoses Book 10, links to YouTube playlistAnnual European Festival of Latin and Greek

Since 2017, the APGRD and members of the Classics Faculty have participated in the synchronised, global, mass readings of ancient texts in original translations, as part of the Festival Européen Latin Grec. Watch our contributions - Odyssey Book 5, Metamorphoses Book 10, and Iliad Book 6 - on YouTube


Lectures by leading scholars

Poster image links to YouTube recording of Chris Stray's lectureThe Glory and the Grandeur: John Clarke Stobart and the Defence of High Culture in a Democratic Age

Oct. 2021: Christopher Stray (Swansea) on the legacy of John Clarke Stobart. APGRD Public Lecture, held in-person and live-streamed; recording available on YouTube.

Poster for Clare Finburgh Delijani's talk, linking to YouTubeGhosts: From Aeschylus’ The Persians to Wajdi Mouawad’s The Blood of Promises

June 2021: Clare Finburgh Delijani (Goldsmiths) delivered the guest lecture for this year's APGRD/University of London Postgraduate Symposium. 

Screenshot from Naomi Weiss' lecture, linking to YouTubeTragic Form in Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire

Feb. 2021: Naomi Weiss (Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University) on Kamila Shamsie’s retelling of Sophocles' Antigone, in the award-winning novel Home Fire (2017). APGRD Public Lecture; streamed on YouTube with a live Q&A.

Screenshot of Rosa Andújar's online lecture, links to YouTubeThe Greek Trilogy of Luis Alfaro: New Visions of Tragedy in 21st-Century America

Jan. 2021: Rosa Andújar (KCL) on the award-winning Chicanx adaptations of ancient Greek tragedy by writer, theatre director, social activist, and MacArthur Fellow, Luis Alfaro. APGRD Public Lecture; streamed on YouTube with a live Q&A.

Recording of Edith Hall and Henry Stead 2020 APGRD public lecture; links to YouTubeA People's History of Classics

Nov. 2020: Edith Hall (KCL) and Henry Stead (St Andrews) discuss their new book, A People's History of Classics, in this virtual version of an APGRD Public Lecture; streamed on YouTube with a live Q&A.

Poster for Alena Sarkissian's talk at the APGRD, 2019Theatre as a space of Spiritual Contemplation

Oct 2019: Alena Sarkissian (Czech Academy of Sciences) discusses Greek Tragedy at the National Theatre of Prague during the Nazi occupation (1939 – 1945).
Download or listen to the audio on the event's page


Poster for Henry Power's 2019 lecture at the APGRDHomer and the Discovery of the Pacific

May 2019: Henry Power (Exeter) discusses Homeric resonances in the work of Alexander Pope, John Keats, and Thom Gunn. 
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Poster for Olga Taxidou's 2019 lecture at the APGRDThe Dancer and the Übermarionette: Duncan, Craig and Modernist Performance 

Feb 2019: Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh) discusses the work of Isadora Duncan and Edward Gordon Craig in this APGRD / DANSOX public lecture.
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Poster for Melinda Power's 2019 lecture at the APGRDDiversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage 

Jan 2019: Melinda Powers (CUNY) discusses modern American adaptations of Greek tragedies.
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Poster for Nicole Haitzinger's 2018 lecture at the APGRDGestures and Postures: the construction and reception of the tragic in Jean-Georges Noverre's dance-drama Agamemnon Vengé 

Nov 2018: Nicole Haitzinger (Salzburg) discusses Noverre's use of gesture and the tragic in this APGRD / DANSOX public seminar.
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Poster for Peter Wilson's APGRD lecture

The Politics of Greece's Theatrical Revolution, ca. 500 - ca. 300 BCE 

April 2018: An APGRD Public lecture: Peter Wilson (Sydney) discusses the relationship between Greek theatre and politics.
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Poster for Erika Fischer Lichte's 2018 lecture at the APGRD

Tragedy's Endurance 

March 2018: Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin) speaks on the subject of her recent book, Tragedy's Endurance.
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Poster for Nancy Rabinowitz's 2017 lecture at the APGRD

Classics and Social Justice 

Oct 2017: Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College) tells us about her work bringing Classics into prisons.
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Poster for Ruth Webb's 2016 lecture at the APGRD

Bodies and texts: Attitudes towards tragedy from the Second Sophistic to Late Antiquity 

Nov 2016: An APGRD public lecture by Ruth Webb (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III).
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The annual Classics and English Lecture

Photograph of Jennifer Wallace and front cover of her book, linking to YouTube recording of eventTragedy Since 9/11

April 2021: Jennifer Wallace (Cambridge) delivers the 6th annual Classics and English Lecture (postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic), on her book Tragedy Since 9/11: Reading a World Out of Joint. Watch the recording on YouTube

Poster for Isobel Hurst's Classics and English Lecture 2019"The Mask of a Very Definite Purpose": Edith Wharton and the Classics

May 2019: Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths) delivers the 5th annual Classics and English Lecture, on Edith Wharton and the Classics. 
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Poster for 2018 Classics and English lecture, by Ben MorganFrom Cult to Classic: Reimagining Medea before and after Euripides 

May 2018: Ben Morgan (Oxford) delivers the 4th annual Classics and English Lecture; Morgan discusses the figure of Medea and reads from his new book of poetry.
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Poster for Victoria Moul's talk at the APGRD in 2017The Other Muse: Latin and English Poetry in the Seventeenth Century

Feb 2017: Victoria Moul (KCL) delivered the 3rd annual joint Classics and English Lecture. A recording of this talk is available to watch for research purposes, in person, at the archive. See below for details of archive only recordings


Poster for the 2016 Classics and English lecture, by David ScourfieldE.M Forster's "Tragic Interior" 

May 2016: David Scourfield (Maynooth) gave the 2nd annual joint Classics and English Lecture, on E. M. Forster's interactions with the classics, particularly Aeschylus' Agamemnon.
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Online Special Events

Live Discussion: Greek Tragedy: Masterclass on Film: Antigone

Promotional image for the Greek Tragedy Masterclass on Film: Antigone, linking to YouTube recordingJune 2021: Professor Fiona Macintosh (APGRD Director) leads a 30-minute discussion with participants of the first APGRD/Out of Chaos theatre 'Masterclass on Film' (Antigone - find the film above under Creative Practitioners), including Director Paul O'Mahony, actors Tim Delap and Evelyn Miller, and academic collaborators Professor Oliver Taplin (APGRD co-founder) and Dr Lyndsay Coo (University of Bristol).

Kathryn Bosher's Greek Theater in Ancient Sicily - Virtual Book Launch

Front cover of Kathryn Bosher's Greek Tragedy in Ancient Sicily book, linking to YouTube Book Launch eventJune 2021: Co-hosted with Northwestern University, a celebration of Kathryn Bosher and the publication of her book, Greek Theatre in Ancient Sicily (CUP 2021) edited by Edith Hall and Clemente Marconi and prepared for publication by LaDale Winling. Speakers included Edith Hall, Clemente Marconi, Sara Monoson, Ruth Scodel, Justine McConnell, Patrice Rankine, and Fiona Macintosh.

Classics Faculty Reception Seminars

Photograph of laptop showing gallery view of online seminar, next to books and headphonesThe 2020 Reception Seminar series - Classical Literature and the Mind of Europe - was held online. The seminars took place at 11.30am every Monday during Michaelmas Term (12 Oct. to 30 Nov.). Recordings of the papers have been uploaded to a dedicated playlist (APGRD YouTube).

The 2021 research seminar - Receptions and Comparatisms - will be held online, 5pm (UK time) every Monday during Michaelmas Term (11 Oct. to 29 Nov.). Recordings of the papers will be uploaded to a dedicated YouTube playlist.


Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings: What is Tragedy?

Portrait photos of Oliver Taplin and Joshua BillingsRecorded Jan 2010, four 15 minute audio dialogues exploring tragedy with Oliver Taplin (Emeritus Professor of Classics and co-founder of the APGRD) and Joshua Billings (Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton): 

Part 1: Defining Tragedy
Part 2: What does Tragedy do for People?
Part 3: Does Tragedy Teach?
Part 4: Is Tragedy still Alive?

Oliver Taplin and Lorna Hardwick: What is Translation?

Recorded in July 2010, four 15 minute dialogues exploring translation with Oliver Taplin and and Lorna Hardwick (Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth Century Drama and Poetry in English project):

Part 1: Is there a Core to Translation?
Part 2: Is there ever a Faithful Translation?
Part 3: Can Poetry be Translated?
Part 4: Who Translates and for Whom?

Archive Only Recordings

Recordings of some past events cannot be released publicly. These recordings can only be listened to for research purposes, on request and in person at the APGRD. See the Visit Us page to arrange an appointment. Archive only recordings include:

  • Kae Tempest and Justine McConnell in 2014Collective Trauma and Contemporary Crisis in Performances of Ancient Tragedies (Online conference, 2021)
  • A Play after Euripides' Andromeda (2019)
  • Performing Pindar (2019) - the development of this project in 2020 can be seen on YouTube
  • 25 Years of the Actors of Dionysus (2018)
  • Victoria Moul - The Other Muse: Latin and English Poetry in the Seventeenth Century (2017) 
  • Alice Oswald - a reading (2016)
  • Cathy Marston - Choreographing the Katabasis (2015)
  • Kae Tempest - in conversation (2014)