Recovering Dido

Monday, November 20, 2023 - 3:00pm
Magdalena Zira
Pavilion, St Hilda's College

A new play, retelling the story of Dido the legendary queen of Carthage, is being developed at the University of Durham as part of a Visiting Fellowship - the result of an academic-creative collaboration between Edith Hall and Magdalena Zira.

The event on 20 November will combine live performance of excerpts from the text, video from the play’s first version in Cyprus in 2022, and live song from Nicoletta Demetriou, who performs the role of the female bard in the play. Magdalena Zira will discuss elements of structure, content and form, with emphasis on the play’s feminist poetics and its intertextual links with the many literary iterations of Dido’s life.

In-person only; at St Hilda's College, Oxford, OX4 1DY. All welcome, no booking.


The Pavilion is on the ground floor, with step-free access and automated doors. There is step-free access to an accessible toilet next to the foyer. Regrettably, there is no hearing support system in the Pavilion. Please see the Access Guide for further details of St Hilda's and the Pavilion's accessibility, including parking options for Blue badge holders.