In June 2014, the National Theatre staged a production of Euripides’ Medea. During this fellowship, Dr Lucy Jackson worked closely with the National Theatre’s Archive, Learning and Digital departments, drawing on her knowledge of ancient drama and experience researching at the NT Archive, to enrich and broaden a program of events that would take place during the run of the play. In exchange, Lucy was able to deepen her contextual knowledge of contemporary productions of ancient drama staged both at the NT and at other UK venues, as well as witnessing at first hand the process of producing an ancient drama.
Activities included working with NT Learning on the development of extended background information packs for schools and teachers and setting up a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for teachers. In addition to events based at the NT, and drawing on the NT personnel and resources available at TORCH, Lucy ran lunchtime sessions, collaborative events with Oxford’s Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, as well as informal, practical workshops in Oxford during Michaelmas and Hilary terms next year. It is hoped that the proposed program of events will act as a pilot for a longer running scheme of knowledge exchange between the two institutions.