Audio reels held in the APGRD collection

Event Recordings

Our videos are hosted on the APGRD YouTube channel. Descriptions and links to the types of videos you can find there are outlined below. You can download or listen to the audio recordings of APGRD events on their individual event pages - see below for a list of recordings available; or you can subscribe to our audio recordings on the University of Oxford's Podcasting site.

To make our resources easier to browse, we have arranged them into the following categories.
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Videos

Artists in Residence

Crossing the Sea - lecture-performance

Paul 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 which was recorded: watch Crossing the Sea: developing a new version of the Aeneid (YouTube)

Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) - site-specific dance

During 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. The piece is based on four female figures from Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Galatea, Myrrha, Philomel and Medusa - and took the foundational principles of ancient pantomime as its starting point. Watch Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) on YouTube.

Trackers of Oxyrhynchus' choruses performed 

At an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tony Harrison's Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, three original cast members re-created two choruses from the production. Watch the performances by Colin Campbell, Conrad Nelson, and Lawrence Evans (choreography/laktismography), at Trackers of Oxyrhynchus at the APGRD, 2013 (YouTube).

Two 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. Watch: Two rounds of the Cambridge Greek Play (YouTube).

Classics Faculty Reception Seminars 2020

This year's Reception Seminar series - Classical Literature and the Mind of Europe - is being held online. The seminars take place at 11.30am every Monday during Michaelmas Term (12 Oct. to 30 Nov.). Recordings of the papers will be uploaded each week to a dedicated playlist (APGRD YouTube). To attend any of the seminars live, please email us at

European Festival of Latin and Greek - public readings

Since 2017, the APGRD and members of the Classics Faculty have participated in the synchronised, global, mass readings of ancient texts in new, original translations, which have taken place annually as part of the French based Festival Européen Latin Grec. You can watch our contributions - which include readings of the Odyssey Book 5, Metamorphoses Book 10, and the Iliad Book 6 - on APGRD | European Festival of Latin and Greek (YouTube)

Audio recordings 

Lectures and in-conversation events with creative practitioners

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).
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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.
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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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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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Readings by poets, playwrights and translators 

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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Lectures by leading scholars

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

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

May 2016: David Scourfield (Maynooth) gave the second annual joint Classics and English Lecture, on E. M. Forster's interactions with the classics, particularly Aeschylus' Agamemnon.
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Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings: What is Tragedy?

Recorded Jan 2010, four 15 minute dialogues in which Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings discuss tragedy: 

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


Archive Recordings

Recordings of some past events cannot be released publicly but have been recorded for our archive. These recordings can only be listened to for research purposes, on request in person at the APGRD. 
See our Visit Us page for information about how to arrange an appointment.

Archive only recordings include:

  • A Play after Euripides' Andromeda (2019)
  • Performing Pindar (2019) 
  • 25 Years of the Actors of Dionysus (2018)
  • Alice Oswald - a reading 2016
  • Cathy Marston - Choreographing the Katabasis (2015)
  • Kae Tempest - in conversation (2014)