The International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama has announced details of its 2014 summer programme and opened its box office for the event which launches at the start of July.
Now in its 18th year, the festival features interpretations of the art form from all over the globe with ancient writers brought to life in modern renditions.
This year’s festival will include performances from Croatia and Slovenia, Belgium, Italy, Greece and Cyprus at the Paphos Ancient Odeon, the ancient theatre in Curium Amphitheatre Makarios III and in Nicosia. The programme comprises a range of comedies and tragedies. Medea, Philoctetes, Lysistrata, Oresteia and Oedipus are all on the bill.
“From July 4 to 28, the public will have the opportunity to watch performances from around the world. A varied programme has been devised and promises moments of emotion and humour,” a festival spokesperson said.
Festival organisers also spoke of overcoming the difficult financial background to the event this year, with the island’s economy still struggling.
“The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Cyprus Centre of the International Theatre Institute and the Cyprus Tourism Organisation have announced details of the programme which has developed within the context of the difficult economic realities we are experiencing now in Cyprus. However the organisers have stayed true to their goal of presenting performances highlighting the uniqueness of ancient drama and promoting quality theatre, continuing to support the Cypriot creativity and opening constructive dialogues with other countries.”
Furthering acknowledgement of the financial difficulties the public face, ticket prices have been reduced this year saying that they hope for “the widest possible attendance of the public.”
The festival starts on July 4 in Paphos with a performance of Medea by the Croatian National Theatre in cooperation with Slovenian artists. The Euripides play, which has featured in Croatia, Slovenia and just a few weeks ago at the Ibero-American Theater Festival in Bogota, Colombia, has received excellent reviews for both the direction and interpretation of the role of Medea.
This will be followed by an E.TH.A.L.(Company Theatre Development Limassol) production of Philoctetes by Sophocles at Curium, Paphos and Nicosia.
E.TH.A.L. is working in collaboration with the Technodromiou (Cyprus) and Theatre Beyond (Greece), for their first joint production in the festival.
Highway Productions and Twilight from Greece will present Lysistrata by Aristophanes at Curium and La Fondazione Instituto Nazionale Del Dramma Antico - INDA, from Italy will present Oresteia: Eumenides of Aeschylus in Nicosia and Paphos.
From Belgium, Compagnie José Besprosvany / IDEA asbl, Belgium will perform Oedipus in Nicosia and Curium.
The final production in the festival is Alcestis by Euripides performed by Amfiktions Theatre, Cyprus in Nicosia, Curium and Paphos.