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Iphigenia at Aulis
Part of the Greek Tragedy Film Season
starring Fiona Shaw, Roy Marsden, Imogen Boorman (BBC 1990)
Introduction by Dr Lynn Fotheringham
The Greeks are eager for war. They have gathered with their ships in the bay of Aulis, ready to sail to Troybut the winds are against them. With the men growing restless through inactivity, Agamemnon, leader of the expedition, faces a terrible dilemma when the goddess Artemis demands that he sacrifice his eldest daughter, Iphigenia, before the army can set forth.
Iphigenia at Aulis is the last extant Greek tragedy, originally performed towards the end of the fifth century BC; this 1990 BBC production was the last Greek tragedy produced specifically for television in this country. Costumes from a range of periods suggest the universality of the play’s message about war; the studio-set echoes the shape of an ancient theatre.
Post-screening discussion; pop-up exhibition
The story continues in The Serpent Son: Agamemnon, Friday 26 February
More information at www.nottingham.ac.uk/cadre
Join the conversation @tv_tragedy (not @tvtragedy as in the brochure)
Centre for Ancient Drama and its Reception (CADRE)
All screenings will be held in the Djanogly Theatre. Talks will be held in the Djanogly Theatre or the Performing Arts Studio.
A Greek supper menu will be available in the Pavilion Cafe each evening 5-6.30pm.
Last orders 6.15pm. Book in advance on 0115 846 7179