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Classics Professor, Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster

Exciting And Useful Education

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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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bringingiphigeniahomereport.pdf
For a full report click here!

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 is 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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Thiasos

Interviewed by Yana Zarifi of Thiasos Theatre Company after a production of Hippolytus

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Wth the Musicians of Thiasos Theatre Company before their production of Bacchae in New College Gardens, Oxford, 6th July 2017.

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Other Consultancies and
Involvement with Professional Theatre



 Actors' Touring Company


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Edith is Classical Consultant to the Actors' Touring Company as they prepare for their autumn 2017 production of Aeschylus' Suppliants with reconstructions of his other plays in the same cycle. The production will take place at the Young Vic in London, using evidence like this vase-painting. 


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  • Edith provided an essay for the English Touring Opera's 2016 production of Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride.

  • Edith was panellist at a debate on Tragedy chaired by Charlotte Higgins at the Almeida Theatre, 22nd October 2015.

  • Edith was panellist at the Almeida Theatre with Director Bijan Sheibani and psychoanalyst Dr David Bell for a discussion of Sophocles' Oedipus, 6th August 2015.

  • Edith was rehearsal consultant and programme essay writer for Marina Carr's new Hecuba at the Royal Shakespeare Company, July-September 2015.

  • Edith wrote the programme essay for the 2015 Antigone at the Barbican, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Juliette Binoche.

  • Edith has advised Rikki Henry, BBC Performing Arts Fellow at the HOME theatre, Manchester, on his forthcoming production of Sophocles' Oedipus.

  • Edith spoke at the Gate Theatre, London, on Roland Schimmelpfennig's Idomeneus, after the evening performance on 3rd July 2014.

  • Edith spoke on a National Theatre platform, Acts of Madness to discuss Euripides' Medea with psychiatrist Professor Femi Oyebode at the National Theatre, August 19th 2014, 1800. She has also written a programee essay for this production.

  • Edith wrote the programme essay for State Theatre of Northern Greece's 2014 production of Aeschylus' Persians.

  • In spring 2012 Edith was consultant at an RSC workshop on adapting Euripides' Hecuba, with the playwright Marina Carr.

  • National Theatre Platform on comic slaves and servants at the Olivier, 'Serving Up A Laugh', with Tony Robinson and others. Sat 24 Mar, 2012, 10.30am.

  • Edith provided the translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnon on which the surtitles were based for the Cambridge Greek play, dir. Helen Eastman, October 2011.

  • Edith was commissioned in August 2010 to write the programme essay for Gospel at Colonus at Edinburgh Playhouse.

  • In 2009 Edith was consultant for the production of Frank McGuinness' new translation of Euripides' Helen at Shakespeare's Globe in London, and wrote the programme essay.

  • In 2008 Edith was academic consultant and wrote the programme essay for Oedipus, starring Ralph Fiennes, at the National Theatre.

  • In 2006 Edith wrote the programme essay for David Farr's version of the Odyssey staged at the Lyric, Hammersmith.

  • In 2004 Edith acted as rehearsal consultant and wrote the programme essay for the Royal Shakespeare Compnay's production of Euripides' Hecuba starring Vanessa Redgrave, in Tony Harrison's translation.

  • In 2004 Edith worked with Colin Teevan, providing the translation of sixty fragments of Greek tragedy including those of Euripides' Alcmaeon in Corinth to develop into a new play, first performed until the title Cock o' the North, dir. Martin Wylde, at Live Theatre in Newcastle upon Tyne. She also attended rehearsals. The role of Hera is based on her.

  • Programme essay, 'Dead daughters in Carr and Euripides', for the premiere of Marina Carr's Ariel, Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

  • In March 2002 Edith was rehearsal consultant and wrote the programme essay for the Bacchae at the National Theatre, directed by Peter Hall. She also appeared as speaker on a National Theatre platform with Colin Teevan on 20th May 2003.

  • In 1992 Edith was rehearsal consultant and wrote the programme essay for John Buller's operatic setting of Euripides' Bacchae at the English National Opera.

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Royal Shakespeare Company



Edith is Classical Consulant to Kimberley Sykes' production of the RSC's upcoming 2017 Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage.


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Edith was Classical Consultant to the RSC's new 2017 'Roman' comedy, after Plautus, Vice Versa by Phil Porter. Her programme essay is available in the pdf below


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Phil Porter's VICE VERSA at the RSC


Edith was Helen McCrory's classical consultant on Medea at the National Theatre 2015


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With Movement Director Leonidas Papadopoulos & Akis Sakellariou (Atossa) at Epidavros premiere of Aeschylus Persians by the State Theatre of Northern Greece, 2014.

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Helen, translated by Frank McGuinness, at Shakespeare's Globe.


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Hecuba, translated by Tony Harrison, RSC


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Colin Teevan's Alcmaeon in Corinth (2004) for which Edith provided the translations of Greek tragic fragments.


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Ralph Fiennes as Oedipus, RNT 2008

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Euripides' Bacchae, directed by Peter Hall, National Theatre 

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Marina Carr's Ariel

at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin

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John Buller's BAKKHAI at the ENO.

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Working with Northern Broadsides and Helen  Eastman

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Panel on Oedipus 

at the Almeida Theatre, 2016

In an exciting  initiative funded by the AHRC, Edith co-supervised a  PhD student, Helen  Eastman (already an established theatre writer, director  and producer), with Barrie Rutter (above) and Sue Andrews of Northern  Broadsides Theatre Company, of which Edith is a Patron. Helen researched the company's engagements with ancient drama or drama set in antiquity, including  works by Ted Hughes, Tony Harrison, and Blake Morrison. Helen was awarded her PhD in 2015.

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