My conversation with Dr Palliard was my first interview for the podcast and I certainly felt nervous about having an in depth conversation with someone who had devoted an academic life to the study of theatre in the Greek and Roman period, but Dr Palliard was forgiving of my shortcoming as an interviewer and very generous with her time. In episode 30 she was able to expand on a lot of detail relating to the transition period between Greek and Roman theatre. In the next episode she explained her work on examining the changing behaviors of minor characters in Sophoclean tragedy and how this can be used to investigate changes in Ancient Athenian society.
Elodie Paillard is Honorary Associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney and lecturer/scientific collaborator in the Department of Ancient Civilizations at the University of Basel. She is currently leading a research project on Greek theatre in Roman Italy, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. She is the author of The Stage and the City. Non-élite Characters in the Tragedies of Sophocles (Paris 2017).
She is currently co-editing two forthcoming collective volumes, one on Greek Theatre and Metatheatre: Definitions, Problems, Limits, which was published in November 2021, and one on Theatre and Autocracy in the Ancient World. In parallel to her interest in ancient Greek theatre, she is also working on the social structure of Classical Athens and the emergence of democracy.
Contact details: Twitter: @elopai
Episode 32: The Trackers of Oxyrinchus
I was pleased when I discovered that Jimmy had directed Trackers because I had been listening to him discussing Shakespeare with Alexandra Evans on their In Quarantine… podcast. It was the first time that I had been able to speak to someone who had worked on a Greek play and Jimmy was very eloquent when remembering the challenges and pleasures of putting the production together. Jimmy was also able to talk about the reaction of Playwright/Adapter Tony Harrison, who attended a performance at the Finborough Theatre
Jimmy’s credits at the the Finborough Theatre also include an acclaimed production of John Osborne’s A Subject of Scandal and Concern. Other direction includes Julius Caesar (Saatchi Gallery and Chelsea Theatre), Improbable Fiction (Courtyard Theatre), A Naughty Night With Noël Coward (Old Red Lion Theatre), Hamlet (United Arab Emirates Tour and Network Theatre), I the Jury (Hen and Chickens Theatre), Breaded Butler (Troubadour) and Dear Ray (Edinburgh Festival). Assistant Direction includes Young Shakespeare Company tours of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet (Bloomsbury Theatre), Othello (Riverside Studios) and Knock Yourself Out (Courtyard Theatre).
In 2014 Jimmy formed Proud Haddock with James Ahearne. The company specialises in unearthing stories from the past while finding relevance today. Past productions include Charlies Aunt, The Skin Game, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Square Rounds (also by Tony Harrison), The Dog Beneath the Skin, Mrs Orwell, Julius Caesar, A Naughty Night With Noel Coward, and A Subject For Scandal and Concern.
Bonus Episode 7: Greek Theatre and Before.
Rosie has a masters degree in Social Anthropology and is a performer, podcaster and general all round creative person. Rosie and I got in contact through our interest in theatre podcasts and even after a short chat it was obvious that Rosie would be able to talk about Greek and other early performance styles in an enthusiastic and engaging way. I particularly liked the way she drew connections between the different eras using her experience of anthropology.
Her own podcast is a wonderful mix of performance related audio experiences and well worth a listen. You can find Yorick Radio Productions on all good podcast Apps and on Facebook
Yorick Radio Productions brings you Radio plays, Documentaries, short stories and whatever else happened to float through their brains at the time. Some of Yorick Radio’s regular shows include: Theoretically theatrical: A documentary style show about theatre, creative pursuits and behind the scenes. Scintillating Stories: Where we read short stories. Page Parle: Where we interview authors and performers. Radio Revelry: Where we perform Radio plays.
Bonus Episode 8: The Actors of Dionysus
Once I had started looking on line for recent performances of Greek Theatre I soon came across Tamsin and the Actors Of Dionysus. Tamsin is a passionate and enthusiastic (and very very busy) theatre maker and performer, but she managed to squeeze in some time to talk to me and discuss the perils and joys of producing Greek Theatre. You can find her and the Actors of Dionysus on Twitter and on-line. They have an excellent website with lots of information about their past and current productions.
Tamsin trained at Oxford School of Drama and Ecole Philippe Gaulier before re-training as an aerialist at National Centre for Circus Arts (formerly Circus Space). She is Artistic Director of aod (Actors of Dionysus) a theatre company that specialises in new adaptations of ancient Greek drama and new writing inspired by myth and for them she has worked as a performer, producer, director and movement coach.
She is a passionate theatre maker and continues to develop her performance craft, by participating in workshops, masterclasses and residencies including writing, theatre, aerial and singing, most recently with Company of Wolves (Bone Song) in Glasgow working with Anna Porubcansky and with Theatre Foundry (Viewpoints Intensive) in London working with Helen Tennison. She is a member of Brighton based world music choir Vocal Explosion who regularly performs at festivals and events.
Her new writing projects include Bacchic (original concept, co-writer/deviser, performer, producer); Helen (original concept, co-writer/deviser, performer) working with award winning director Jonathan Young and Everything I See I Swallow (original concept, co-writer/deviser, performer, producer) working with aerialist Maisy Taylor. For aod she has played many tragic and comic roles including Medea, Antigone, Dionysus and Lysistrata and has directed versions of Oedipus, Lysistrata, Trojan Women and Antigone. Other theatre credits include Misterioso (Riverside Studios) and The Extraordinary Cabaret of Dorian Gray (West End).
Bonus Episode 9: Lazarus Theatre
Like all my guests Ricky brims over with enthusiasm for theatre and particularly for productions of lesser known classics. As he put it during our conversation plays can exist on the page, but have to be performed to be kept truly alive. Keeping lesser known plays alive is quite a task, not least because of the challenges of large casts and large performance spaces, but Ricky and his team at Lazarus Theatre are dedicated to finding innovative and thoughtful ways of presenting plays for the modern audience.
Ricky founded Lazarus Theatre Company in 2007 and has been Artistic Director since. He has directed over 30 productions for the company. In addition to his work with the company he also is a freelance director and practitioner working across a range of drama training organisations as well as offering text and audition technique workshops.