Agamemnon comes to the Antipodes: early drama at the University of Sydney

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20 November 2019

Join us at the Nicholson Museum for a lecture by Dr Laura Ginters.

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In 1886 students and staff from the Classics department of the University of Sydney staged – to considerable acclaim – a production of Aeschylus' Agamemnon in the Great Hall. This marked the real beginning of dramatic activities at the University of Sydney and was, moreover, the first time a Greek play had been performed in the colony. Just three years later, the Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS) was founded: in this, it mirrored events which took place a few years earlier at Oxford University where a production of Agamemnon in 1880 preceded the establishment of Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) in 1885.

The two universities were, quite literally, a world apart, in an era where travelling between the England the Colony of New South Wales meant a four month boat trip – how and why was this play reproduced with such uncanny similarities? This Antipodean Agamemnon marks an important moment not only in relation to the birth of Australia’s oldest theatre company, SUDS, but also the reception of Classical literature in Australia.

Dr Laura Ginters is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney. Her current research focuses on 19-20th Australian theatre history. her new book (with Robyn Dalton) is The Ripples Before the New Wave: Drama at the University of Sydney 1957-63 . Her interest in this early production of Agamemnon at the University has now expanded into a larger project investigating the reception of Classical theatre in Australia from 1788-1918.

Event details

  • When: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Where: Nicholson Museum
    The Quadrangle
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  • Cost: $30 for Friends of the Nicholson Museum and their guests $40 for the general public $10 for students
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    The First Saturday of Every Month 12noon - 4.00pm
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Agamemnon comes to the Antipodes: early drama at the University of Sydney

Where Nicholson Museum
The Quadrangle
Find us on a Map

20 November 2019

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