Just came across this video of Sir Derek Jacobi performing Socrates' final speech from Plato's Apology. Wish they'd used a slightly more up-to-date translation, but still a very powerful performance.
Greek Tragedies were as much musical as theatrical performances. Much of the text uttered by the Chorus, and some by individual characters as well, was sung. The ancient tragedians were as much composers as writers, creating both the texts and the musical settings. Indeed, in Aristophanes' Frogs, when the ghosts of Aeschylus and Euripides fight... Continue Reading →
Helen Eastman, director of the last three Cambridge Greek plays, is embarking on what I think is a really amazing project: filming short excerpts from ancient Greek tragedies, in Ancient Greek (with subtitles). Check out her first offering, "The Watchman" in which actor Leon Scott performs the opening speech of Aeschylus' Agamemnon: Having both acted in and... Continue Reading →