Acting Greek Tragedy

Acting Greek Tragedy

By: Graham Ley (author)Hardback

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Acting Greek Tragedy explores the dynamics of physical interaction and the dramaturgical construction of scenes in ancient Greek tragedy. Ley argues that spatial distinctions between ancient and modern theatres are not significant, as core dramatic energy can be placed successfully in either context. Guiding commentary on selected passages from Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides illuminates the problems involved with performing monologue, dialogue, scenes requiring three actors, and scenes with properties. A companion website - - offers recorded illustrations of scenes from the Workshops. What the book offers is a practical approach to the preparation of Greek scripts for performance. The translations used have all been tested in workshops, with those of Euripides newly composed for this book. The companion website can be found here:

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About Author

Graham Ley is Professor Emeritus of Drama and Theory, University of Exeter. He has taught drama at the University of London and Greek literature in Auckland, New Zealand. He is the author of A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater (2nd edition, 2006) and The Theatricality of Greek Tragedy (2007).


Preface Introduction First Workshop: Monologues Second Workshop: Dialogues Third Workshop: Three-actor Scenes Fourth Workshop: Properties Last Thoughts: Looking Back, and Forwards Thanks Notes on the Recordings Index of Greek names and characters General Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/02/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780859898928
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 255
  • ID: 9780859898928
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 085989892X

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