Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May
The Onassis Programme and Oxford Playhouse present
Pots and Plays
Download audio plays here.
For one weekend, the Ashmolean Museum comes alive with dance, opera, theatre and digital drama.
The Onassis Programme and Oxford Playhouse have commissioned a host of poets, playwrights, composers and choreographers to create new works in response to the Greek pots and antiquities exhibited in the museum’s permanent collection and latest special exhibition: Heracles to Alexander the Great; Treasures from the Royal Capital of Macedon.
Thamyras, Cast gallery
Words Glyn Maxwell
Music Russell Hepplewhite
Inspired by a Greek Vase in gallery 16 related to Thamyras and his mother Agriope; thought to be depicting a lost Sophocles’ play. Duration 10 minutes.
Time for Earthenware, Atrium
Words Colin Teevan
Music Alex Silverman
Inspired by the sea of funeral lekthoi on display in Gallery 16. Duration 10 minutes.
Musical Director John O’ Brien
Harp Helen Sharp
Soprano Elinor Jane Moran
Soprano Katrina Waters
Mezzo Soprano Catrin Johnsson
Tenor Randy Nichol
Bass Baritone Timothy Connor
Dance I : Hymenaios (Fragments)
Choreographed and Performed by Marie Louise Crawley
Spoken text Angelica Penn
Inspired by a vase in gallery 16 depicting a woman preparing for her wedding. Duration 7 minutes.
Pick up an MP3 player from just inside the Randolph Gallery (21) to listen to 6 audio plays. At the start of each recording it suggests a location in the museum in which to listen to the play.