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Classics Professor, Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster

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Working with Tony Harrison


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The premiere of Iphigenia in Crimea, directed by Emma Harding, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 23rd April 2017.


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Edith persuaded the poet and dramatist Tony Harrison, recent winner of the David Cohen Prize 2015, the Pen/Pinter Prize and the European prize for Literature, to think about writing a new version or adaptation of Euripides' Iphigenia in Tauris. It was intended to perform it in the theatre in the real 'Tauris', the ancient site of Tauric Chersonesos at Sevastopol in the southern Crimea. The e Russian annexation have made this impossible. 


During the academic year 2010-11 he took up a position in the Classics Department at Royal Holloway as Leverhulme Artist in Residence.In September 2011 he and Edith conducted a reconnaissance trip to the ancient Greek sites in the area, in company with two archaeologists (David Braund and Jane Harrison) and the actress Sian Thomas. The play is set  during the Crimean War...


Working with Marina Carr on Hecuba at the Swan Theatre, Stratford

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Working with Ian Rickson and Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic


Edith was official consultant to Ian Rickson, director of Sophocles' Electra starring Kristin Scott Thomas at the Old Vic, oepning September 2014


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Working with Theatercombinat

In March-June  2008 Edith acted as consultant and visiting speaker for Claudia Bosse's production with Theatercombinat of Aeschylus' Persians in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, the  city which once gave Adolf Hitler his German citizenship. The  production involved training several hundred members of the  Braunschweig public as the chorus.


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Working with the Gardzienice Centre for
Theatre Practices


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Edith is Academic Consultant to this pioneering theatre company, based near Lublin in  south-eastern Poland. Its director Wlodzimierz Staniewski repeatedly turns to ancient Greek theatre both for his repertoire and his vision  of theatre performance, and has assisted in the development of his Pythian Oratorio and Iphigenia in Tauris (pictured below) to add to his Euripidean productions Iphigenia  in Aulis and Electra.


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