7pm - Sunday 23rd November 2014, Richmix.
Part of Being Human. The UK's first national festival of the humanities.
Patchy memories. Overheard snippets of conversation. We like to think that we experience life as a running narrative, but often our view of the world breaks apart into fragments. We remember certain moments in sharp focus, without being sure how we got there, or we can only access certain bits of them, like a particular sound or smell. We try to piece things together to make sense of our confusing world.
Fragments will explore the idea of fragmentation in our modern world by combining it with real fragments: the small scraps remaining from some of the ‘lost plays’ of ancient Greece. Greek tragedy was the wellspring of modern drama, but the plays that survive today represent less than 5 percent of what used to exist. But these texts aren’t lost altogether, since fragments remain from many of them. Our aim is to produce a piece of theatre inspired by these fragments, last performed 2000 years ago. We will use them to reflect on themes such as memory, communication, and how we relate to the past.
Being Human Festival
Our first stage of developing Fragments was been programmed as part of Being Human, the UK's first national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
We spent two weeks working with actors to develop ideas and approaches to staging fragments from Euripides plays Bellerophon and Stheneboea along with collected fragments of our modern lives. We presented a sharing of material and a panel discussion and Q&A between theatremeakers and academics at Rich Mix in November 2014.
We are developing Fragments and will announce further plans in 2017
- Based on fragments of tragedies by Euripides
- Developed with Dr Laura Swift, Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University