Agamemnon Workshop

Sat Apr 27 2024 at 11:00 am to 05:00 pm

55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland, New Zealand | Auckland

Corvus Theatre Co
Publisher/HostCorvus Theatre Co
Agamemnon Workshop
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Calls for Workshop – Agamemnon – AUT PhD Creative Practice in Theatre and Performance
What: Agamemnon Workshop
Where: AUT City Campus, WG Studio (full address will be provided on signup)
When: Saturday 27th April, 11am – 5pm (est.)
Who: Actors aged 18 and over.
Come and have some fun, generating some ideas for a production of Agamemnon for a PhD at AUT. Morning tea/Lunch provided. Please fill out the Google Doc below to indicate your interest.
We are seeking actors who would like to be involved in generating some ideas for a theatre production of Aeschylus’ Greek tragedy, Agamemnon. The workshop is a chance to have some fun, meet some fellow theatre creatives, and explore the relevancy of Greek tragedy in these complex times of crisis. The workshop will involve a read-through of the script (with many opportunities for character and chorus roles) followed by dramatic activities to explore the themes and contexts of the play.
This workshop will form the basis for a full-scale, site-specific production of Agamemnon to be staged as part of a PhD at Auckland University of Technology. An audition weekend will follow the workshop should you wish to be a part of the full-scale production.
We are seeking a diverse group of actors of all backgrounds and abilities, young and old, and of any gender identity.
Drinks and snacks will be provided at the workshop. We hope this workshop will be a fun opportunity to be involved in some theatre research, meet some fellow actors, get back into your acting boots or put them on for the first time. Attending our workshop does not guarantee a place within the production, but your attendance will be considered at the auditions.
Auditions will take place on the Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May.
‘He takes what he wants… and he pays for it!”
The first play of Aeschylus’ great Oresteia Trilogy, Agamemnon tells of the return of the King of Argos, Agamemnon, from a 10-year bloody and brutal war with Troy. Waiting at home for her husband’s return, Queen Clytemnestra has been planning his murder. Her desire: to avenge their daughter, Iphigenia, who was violently sacrificed by Agamemnon to aid the Greeks’ victory over Troy. If Medea is the worst Mother, Clytemnestra is the worst wife, “but for wronged, silenced, and undervalued daughters, she is something of a hero”.
This play contains content of a potentially upsetting nature including suicide, murder, cruelty, violence, and sexual themes.
Note: Some roles may require combat and/or movement skills. These are ideal but not necessary.
Corvus Theatre Co is a research-based, site-specific, ensemble theatre company. Established in 2020 by director, dramaturg, and designer Holly Luton, the company was created during her Master of Design research at Auckland University of Technology. Their first production of Sophocles’ Antigone, staged in the unconventional space of the engineering laboratory at AUT, explored the possibilities of staging live theatre during the COVID-19 pandemic, and was performed to sold-out audiences. The production was aptly named the ‘glass box in the glass box’ and became internationally recognised for its innovative design practices and directorial methods at the Performance Design Futures 2022 conference in Cyprus.
In 2023, Corvus Theatre Co, staged its second production of Euripides’ Women of Troy in the grand staircase of the Sir Paul Reeves Building on the city campus to sold-out audiences. The production was a research test-site for Holly’s PhD research, an exploration of theatre in, of, and about times of crisis through the staging of ancient Greek tragedy in site-specific locations.
Agamemnon will be staged as part of Holly’s creative practice PhD at AUT. This production will be staged from 11th-14th December 2024.

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55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland, New Zealand

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