03/07/2013

The Bacchae

by Euripides

The Bacchae

Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 July, 2004
Venue: The Methodist Church Hall, Sturton Street, Cambridge

Based on Euripides’ classic text and utilising in situ:’s hallmark performance elements.

The Bacchae was written around 410BC. It’s subject is the god Dionysus and his activities and it would have been performed, as all the tragedies were, at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens.

Dionysus is the god of wine, but also of music, dance, celebration, release, carnival. Post-Enlightenment thinking saw him as the god of the Irrational and post-Freudian thinking saw him as the embodiment of those forces repressed by civilisation. In the late 60’s he was often seen as a hero of social and sexual revolution.