APGRD Event Recordings

APGRD Audio Recordings

Free podcasts of past APGRD Public Lectures can be found on the: University of Oxford's Podcasting site

Or, the audio files can be played or downloaded directly below: Press play on any of the audio-bars below to listen, or right-click over the player and select Save Audio As (or Save As on Mac) to download the mp3 file to your device.

Some past events cannot be released in the public domain but have been recorded for archive purposes (eg. Kate Tempest in conversation 2014, or Alice Oswald - a reading 2016) - meaning that the recording can be listened to for research purposes, on request and in person here at the APGRD. See Visit Us for information about how to arrange an appointment.


APGRD/TORCH panel discussion of We Are Not Princesses 

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).

Isobel Hurst on '"The Mask of a Very Definite Purpose": Edith Wharton and the Classics'

The annual Classics & English lecture given in May 2019: Isobel Hurst (Goldsmiths) discusses Edith Wharton and the Classics.


Henry Power on 'Homer and the Discovery of the Pacific'

An APGRD public lecture given in May 2019: Henry Power (Exeter) discusses Homeric resonances in the work of Alexander Pope, John Keats, and Thom Gunn.


Olga Taxidou on 'The Dancer and the Übermarionette: Duncan, Craig and Modernist Performance'

An APGRD / DANSOX public lecture given in February 2019: Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh) discusses the work of Isadora Duncan and Edward Gordon Craig.


Melinda Powers on 'Diversifying Greek Tragedy on the Contemporary US Stage'

An APGRD public lecture given in January 2019: Melinda Powers (CUNY) discusses modern American adaptations of Greek tragedies.


Nicole Haitzinger on 'Gestures and Postures: the construction and reception of the tragic in Jean-Georges Noverre's dance-drama Agamemnon Vengé'

An APGRD / DANSOX public seminar given in November 2018: Nicole Haitzinger (Salzburg) discusses Noverre's use of gesture and the tragic.


Poster for Ben Morgan's lecture, 2.15pm, 8th May, Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, 66 St GilesBen Morgan on 'From Cult to Classic: Reimagining Medea before and after Euripides'

An APGRD public lecture given in May 2018: Ben Morgan (Oxford) discusses the figure of Medea and reads from his new book of poetry. 



Poster for Peter Wilson's lecture, Monday 30th April, 2.15pm, Lecture Theatre, Ioannou Centre, 66 St GilesPeter Wilson on 'The Politics of Greece's Theatrical Revolution, ca. 500 - ca. 300 BCE'

An APGRD public lecture given in April 2018: Peter Wilson (Sydney) discusses the relationship between Greek theatre and politics.



Poster for the eventErika Fischer-Lichte on 'Tragedy's Endurance'

An APGRD public lecture from March 2018: Erika Fischer-Lichte (Freie Universität Berlin) speaks on the subject of her recent book, Tragedy's Endurance



Emily Wilson: A Reading

A public reading at the APGRD from November 2017: Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania), discusses and reads from her new translation of Homer's Odyssey.



Josphine Balmer: A Reading

A public reading at the APGRD from November 2017: the 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.


NanPoster for the event cy Sorkin Rabinowitz on 'Classics and Social Justice'

An APGRD public lecture in October 2017: Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz (Hamilton College) tells us about her work bringing Classics into prisons.



Wayne Jordan on Sophocles' Oedipus

An in-conversation event at the APGRD from February 2017: Director Wayne Jordan talks to Prof. Fiona Macintosh about his acclaimed version of Oedipus, staged at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin in 2015.


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

An APGRD public Lecture from November 2016: Ruth Webb (Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III), examined ‘Bodies and texts: Attitudes towards Tragedy from the Second Sophistic to Late Antiquity’.


E.M Forster's Tragic Interior

In May 2016 David Scourfield (Maynooth) gave the second annual joint Classics and English Lecture at the APGRD.  


Adele Thomas and Rory Mullarkey on the Globe Theatre's Oresteia (2015)

An APGRD public Lecture from November 2015: Director Adele Thomas and playwright/translator Rory Mullarkey discuss their production of Aeschylus' trilogy at London's Globe Theatre in October 2015, with an introduction by Oliver Taplin. 


Marina Carr in conversation with Fiona Macintosh

An APGRD public Lecture from October 2015: Fiona Macintosh talks to playwright, Marina Carr about her new adaptation of Hecuba, and her long-standing relationship with Greek tragedies. The event began with Marina reading from her new Hecuba, and unfortunately a microphone-failure means that this initial part of the recording is very faint. 


Helen McCrory in conversation with Edith Hall

An APGRD public Lecture from May 2015: Edith Hall talks to Helen McCrory about her role in the critically acclaimed production of Medea at the National Theatre in 2014. 


Gwyneth Lewis on Writing Clytemnestra

An APGRD public Lecture from March 2015: award winning poet, and playwright, Gwyneth Lewis, talks about her 2012 play Clytemnestra, which premièred at at Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, April 2012. 


Ian Rickson in conversation

An APGRD public Lecture from November 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. 


Jonathan Kent in conversation

On 21 October 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 will be published in a Special Issue of PMLA (2014) on tragedy, edited by Helene Foley and Jean Howard.


Frank McGuinness in conversation

An APGRD event fromTuesday, 24 November 2009:Fiona Macintosh in conversation with distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness about his work in adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and Medea


Oliver Taplin and Josh Billings: What is Tragedy?

Four 15 minute dialogues in which Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings discuss tragedy (recorded in January 2010):

Part 1: Defining Tragedy  

Part 2: What does Tragedy do for People?

Part 3: Does Tragedy Teach?

Part 4: Is Tragedy still Alive?


APGRD Videos


"Two rounds of the Cambridge Greek Play" by Helen Eastman (director)

An APGRD Public Lecture from February 2014: Helen Eastman, director of Prometheus/The Frogs (2013), talks about directing and producing the Cambridge Greek Play.


Iliad VI: a public reading

On the 22nd March 2019 (10 a.m. Paris time), the European Festival of Latin and Greek organised a global mass reading of Homer's Iliad. The APGRD's contribution was co-organised by Marchella Ward and Zoë Jennings, and consisted of a sequence of original translations of Book 6.


Metamorphoses Book 10 - a public reading

On the 23rd March 2018 (10 a.m. Paris time) students and academics from the Oxford Classics Faculty read aloud from their own translations of Book 10 of Ovid's Metamorphoses as part of the European Festival of Latin and Greek. The event was supported by the APGRD and accompanied by the kithara, played by Michael Levy. 


The Odyssey - a global reading

On the 24th March 2017 (10 a.m. Paris time), the European Festival of Latin and Greek organised a global mass reading of Homer's Odyssey. The APGRD's contribution to this exciting venture was co-organised by Oliver Taplin and Arabella Currie, and consisted of a sequence of 17 original, collaborative translations of Book 5.


Crossing The Sea: a new version of the Aeneid

A 2017 lecture-performance by APGRD Artists in Residence, Paul O'Mahony and Out of Chaos theatre company, on the development of their new version of the Aeneid, entitled Crossing the Sea.


Trackers of Oxyrhynchus' choruses performed

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