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The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus archiveEgypt, 1907. Two archaeologists, Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, are searching for ancient fragments of poetry and plays, next to an old rubbish heap. Until the Greek God, Apollo, descends from the skies... Apollo is furious that they have failed to unearth the fragmentary text of a lost Satyr play by Sophocles. As he forces the two papyrologists to find the lost play, Grenfell and Hunt become part of the story they have discovered. Multi-award-winning poet and playwright Tony Harrison remakes the ancient Greek original into a play for our times - and rediscovers the satyr play. Originally written to follow performances of all the great Greek tragedies, the satyr play is a short tragicomedy featuring a chorus with goat-like features and erect phalluses which is an essential and often neglected part of ancient Greek theatre.

Author Tony Harrison.

Archive listings for The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus

Work type: Play.


Originally written for a unique one-performance world premiere in the ancient stadium of Delphi in 1988 with a cast including Jack Shepherd, Barrie Rutter and Juliet Stevenson, and subsequently seen at the National Theatre in 1990, this production is the first London production in nearly 30 years.Company Proud Haddock (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Jimmy Walters. Design Philip Lindley. Lighting Rob Mills. Music Piers Sherwood Roberts. Choreographer Amy Lawrence. Performer Peta Cornish. Performer Nik Drake. Performer Richard Glaves. Performer Sacha Mandel. Performer Dylan Mason. Performer Tom Purbeck. Performer Dannie Pye. Performer James Rigby. Performer Adam Small.
3 Jan 17 to 28 Jan 17Finborough, Inner London :: V199
listing details L0755046606


Company Norther Broadsides. Music Stephen Edwards. Director Barrie Rutter.
15 Oct 98 to 14 Nov 98Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L01985054327

Other listings

15 Nov 99Lyttelton (National Theatre), West End :: V374
listing details L1675700038

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