Performing Dido: Exploring Early Drama in Oxford

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The Ashmolean University Engagement Programme presents two free study days, presenting a series of cross-disciplinary talks which draw connections between the Ashmolean's collections and academic research in the humanities. Spaces are limited, so please email to reserve a space.


Session 1 (2-3pm) 
Screening of 'Performing Dido', a documentary exploring Early Drama at Oxford's reconstruction of performances of Marlowe's 'Dido Queen of Carthage' and William Gager's 'Dido' (originally performed at Christchurch in 1583), followed by a Q&A with director Maria Sachiko Cecire.


Session 2 (3.30-5pm)
A series of cross-disciplinary short talks by Dr Juliette Vuille (English), Dr Tracey Sowerby (History), William Humphries (English), and Sophie Bocksberger (Classics), using objects from the Ashmolean's collections to bring the cultural context of the 16th century Dido plays to life.


Image: Turner's Dido Building Carthage, courtesy of The Athenaeum museum
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