Tonight sees the third programme in the five-night Screen Plays season Classics on TV: Greek Tragedy on the Small Screen at BFI Southbank. Tonight we will see Agamemnon, the first part of the 1979 BBC Television version of Aeschylus’ Oresteia trilogy which was transmitted under the title The Serpent Son; it will be followed by the original television play Of Mycenae and Men, which takes the form of an ancient Greek satyr drama. (No tickets for the 6.10pm showing are available via the BFI website but it may be worth getting on the standby list in case some become available immediately before the performance.)
Following the earlier two screenings on 7 and 13 June we tried an experiment, inviting anyone who was at the screening to contribute their thoughts about the programmes on this blog. The experiment has been really successful – read the Comments on King Oedipus and Oedipus Tyrannus (7 June) and Electra and Women of Troy with panel discussion with Fiona Shaw and Oliver Taplin (13 June) – and so we will continue this for all the remaining three screenings.
Any and all responses, however brief, would be welcome in the Comments below – and John Wyver and I will also be offering some further thoughts.
Full details of the season and of our 22 June symposium about Greek tragedy on the small screen at the University of Westminster can be found here.
Do please share your thoughts with us…