Great Hall Event - Bryan Doerries

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Centenary Lecture Series

Curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers

Bryan Doerries

The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today.

Bryan Doerries produces performances of Greek tragedies for soldiers returned from conflict, addicts, prison communities, victims of natural disasters, and other vulnerable people. His dramatisations have explored how the story of Sophocles’ Ajax can help today’s soldiers and their loved ones grapple with trauma; why people in the penal system are liberated by Prometheus Bound; and how Heracles has changed the way that some doctors manage end-of-life care. In drawing on such extraordinarily intimate experiences, and in telling his own story of loss and learning, Doerries illustrates the redemptive potential of one of the oldest human art-forms, and the power of re-enacting. Doerries’ talk will argue that suffering and healing are part of an eternally replicable process, and that the great tragedies of ancient Greece can still light a clear path forward through contemporary society’s most tangled issues.

Followed by Q and A and book signing. Books available to purchase on the night from Independent Book Seller ‘Cover to Cover’.

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In association with the Storytelling for Health International Conference June 2017.

 

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Unreserved seating

Friday 12 May 7.30pm

Dates and Times:

Fri 12th May

7.30pm

Pricing Information:

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Full price:£ 12
Full time students:£ 5
Schools.:£ 5

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Centenary Lecture Series- Curated and introduced by Professor in Creativity, Owen Sheers

Bryan Doerries- The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today

Bryan Doerries produces performances of Greek tragedies for soldiers returned from conflict, addicts, prison communities, victims of natural disasters, and other vulnerable people. His dramatisations have explored how the story of Sophocles’ Ajax can help today’s soldiers and their loved ones grapple with trauma; why people in the penal system are liberated by Prometheus Bound; and how Heracles has changed the way that some doctors manage end-of-life care. In drawing on such extraordinarily intimate experiences, and in telling his own story of loss and learning, Doerries illustrates the redemptive potential of one of the oldest human art-forms, and the power of re-enacting. Doerries’ talk will argue that suffering and healing are part of an eternally replicable process, and that the great tragedies of ancient Greece can still light a clear path forward through contemporary society’s most tangled issues.

Followed by Q and A and book signing.



BRYAN DOERRIES is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer, director, and translator. A self-described evangelist for classical literature and its relevance to our lives today, Doerries uses age-old approaches to help individuals and communities heal from trauma and loss. He is founder of Theater of War, a project that presents readings of ancient Greek plays to service members, veterans, caregivers, and families to help them initiate conversations about the visible and invisible wounds of war. He is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address pressing public health and social issues. His book, The Theatre of War: What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us Today, was published in September of 2015, along with a volume of his translations of ancient Greek tragedies, entitled All That You’ve Seen Here is God. His graphic novel, The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey as told by an infantry Marine to his squad, was published in April of 2016. Doerries lectures on his work at cultural venues throughout the world and, in recent years, has taught courses at Princeton University, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, and the Bard Prison Initiative. He is a proud board member of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Friends of the Young Writers Workshop. For more about his work, please visit: www.outsidethewirellc.com

Theatre of War and Prometheus Bound performances in the UK are co-presented by Glen Art www.glenart.co.uk contact: fiona@glenart.co.uk  07980 631 110

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