Perseus & the Gorgon

Learn about the festival of Dionysus and the songs, dances and dramas which lit up the celebrations.

Hear the story of Perseus and his flight against the snake-headed Gorgon, Medusa. Discover the secrets of masked performance and try your hand at making your own Greek play.

Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head uses a variety of specially constructed masks and props to explore the principles behind the theatre of the Ancient Greeks.

“The four days of performance were a city festival, open to foreigners as well as citizens, a time when business was suspended, when even prisoners were let out on bail so that they could attend.”
Bernard Knox. Introduction to The Three Theban Plays. Penguin 1984

Perseus and the Gorgon workshop breakdown (.pdf)

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