Euripides' Bacchae
17, 21 & 23 April 2015

The UCL Classical Drama Society presents a production of Euripides' "Bacchae", directed by Emily Louizou in a modern English translation by James Morwood.

Tour dates in Greece

17 April | Kakoyiannis Foundation, Athens, Attica

21 April | ACS Theatre, Chalandri, Attica

23 April | Ancient Theatre of Messini

The "Bacchae" is Euripides' last play, written shortly before his death, and within it the Greek tragedian encapsulates what it means to be a human being.

Our production allows modern audiences to meet Dionysus — god of pleasure, madness, and liberation — in a mad Bacchic frenzy as a state of delusion which holds the human body at the centre of its creation. Euripides has created an enthralling piece: a game of antithetical forces, where sanity and madness come to conflict.

In a performance-ritual about the battle between human instincts and human wisdom, join us for a dark celebration of the exotic and the ecstatic; for a journey of no time and no space into the 'otherness' of the human self and the duality of human behaviour.

The production opened on the 10th February 2015 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London receiving a sold-out run and a wealth of praise by both audience and critics. Since then, it has been selected by the UK National Student Drama Festival as one of the best shows of 2014-2015. It has also been chosen to take part in the 4th International Festival of Ancient Drama in Ancient Messene, Greece in April. Finally, it has been invited to give a special performance at the British Museum on the 23rd of July.

What critics said:

"Director Emily Louizou has realised a disciplined and greatly effective tragic production... A brilliant and lurid rendering of Bacchae... A sterling production with a pertinence that stands the test of time." A Younger Theatre

"Striking, intense and unsettling: an impressive production of a strange and violent play." Everything Theatre

"An excellent interpretation of Euripides' greatest tragedy, showcasing great talent" UCL Savage

"A captivating play that I would recommend anyone to see. A very professional performance, both technically and dramatically..." Pi Media

Directed by Emily Louizou

Produced by Hayley Russell

Original Music Composition: David Denyer

Set Design: Avra Alevropoulou

Costume Design: Eleni Bantra

Choreography: Valeriya Azorina & Despina Pseftodiakou

Sound Design: James Melling

Associate Director: Kyriaki Ioannidou

Photography: Alex Davison & Lucy Feng

Poster design: Lily Hassioti

Performing: Alisha Iyer, Moa Taylor Hodin, Polyanna Cohen, Cara Fay, Faidra Faitaki, Cora Burridge, Mercedes Bromwich, Helena Cadhela, Adam Woolley, Pavlos Chrisodoulou, Jeremy Wong, Jack Tivey, Charlotte Holtum, Alistair Rooms, Ranulph Tees, Jamie Sillitoe, Hayden Munt, Akshay Nugent.

Musicians: Clemence Robert, Matthew Wagaine, Francesca Piccano Moss, Rowan Tinkers, David Denyer


More info

Dates:17, 21 & 23 April 2015

Artistic Director:Emily Louizou

Organised by:UCL Classical Drama Society

Media Relations:specs 'n' arts

Venue:Kakogiannis Foundation, Athens, Attica | ACS Theatre, Chalandri, Attica | Ancient Theatre of Messini

URL:Bacchae, Bloomsbury Theatre

Production:Hayley Russell