Workshop and Launch of 'Persians' 7th September 2019, Small World Theatre, Theatr Byd Bychan

Singing the old bones ~ new stories from ancient texts


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2pm – 5pm

Revisiting older stories can be a masterclass in narrative. Myths, fairy stories, epics from Ancient Greek drama and the oral tradition survive as they seem to speak to each age anew. These archetypal characters and narratives inspire and invite constant reinvention, yet the old bones remain true. In this practical workshop we will retell, remake and renew, participants exploring individual perspectives on timeless themes, reshaping ancient tales to illuminate something contemporary. The tutor, Kaite, is a repeat re-teller, creating to date three very different performances on the story of Blodeuwedd from The Mabinogion, and a new version of Aeschylus’s Persians,the oldest verse drama in the Western tradition, which won The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

We ask participants to come with a myth, fable, ancient drama or story, which we will use to explore the fundamentals of story making: theme, structure, setting, dialogue and character. Through examples of Kaite’s diverse approaches to reinventing existing texts, we will make our own, sparking a new cycle of telling and retellings, seeding work which could be developed further beyond the masterclass.

Kaite O’Reilly is a multi-award-winning writer and playwright


After the workshop:

Launch of ‘Persians’ 

Kaite O’Reilly’s new version of Aeschylus’s classic verse drama. 6pm. Free entry.

Kaite will read from the verse drama and speak about the historical and contemporary contexts of this extraordinary text. There will be a book signing after the reading and launch.

Small World Theatre/ Theatre Byd Bychan

Bath House Road 
Cardigan, Ceredigion SA43 1JY United Kingdom+ Google Map

Phone: 01239 615952 

Kaite O'Reilly