New Performance of Ancient Greek Play

Love Magic: A Performance of an Ancient Greek Play

When: Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 07:00 pm — Saturday, 17 August 2019, 07:00 pm

Where: The Royal Exchange Theatre, Bolton St, Newcastle

Contact: Michael Ewans


Love Magic is a dramatic monologue written by the ancient Greek poet Theocritus around 280-260 BCE featuring a young woman scorned by her lover. The performance is a research project funded by the Centre for 21st Century Humanities led by Professor Marguerite Johnson, a researcher of Classics, magic and gender. Conjoint Professor Michael Ewans has translated the play and will act as Director of the performance. Professor Johnson says the play, even though thousands of years old, is still relevant today. The performance will not only be entertaining but will enable scholarly research to take place. “Our research project investigates how the monologue might have been performed in Alexandria 2,300 years ago, how it might be performed today, and what impact it will make on contemporary audiences. There will be an audience questionnaire, which will enable us to evaluate their responses,” she said.

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