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laughter logic

Laughter and logic: Ancient Greek comedy and the world of today

A talk by Dr Alfred Vincent

The playwright Aristophanes wrote comedies on issues that seem urgently topical: war and peace, women in politics, wealth inequality, political scapegoating and how to cope in an age when truth appears to be no longer valued. Looking at selected plays, we will explore his comic logic: how he made people both laugh and think about pressing and even traumatic issues. We will conclude with a glance at the broader history of ancient Greek comedy and at its influence on later European theatre. The talk will be illustrated by Powerpoint slides.

Date: Wednesday 26 April

Start time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Marrickville Library, Cnr Marrickville and Petersham Roads, Marrickville

Ticket: Free

Booking details: 9335 2173 or www.marrickvillelibrary.eventbrite.com.au

Language: English

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woman of passion

A play direct from Greece            

A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece where the mythological, hieratic figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary ‘priestesses’ of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri. Three mythical women, three legends of art and life, all possessing the temperament and values of Greek spirit with a passion for life, love, art, creativity and freedom.

Eugenia Arsenis Writing | Dramaturgy

Tatiana Ligari Direction | Stage Design

Dora Lelouda Costume Design

Fotis Mylonas Music Composition

Spyros Rasidakis Video Design

Sakis Birbilis Lighting Design

Danae Koureta Headdresses

Evelina Arapidi Performer (Medea, Maria Callas, Melina Mercouri)

Fotis Mylonas Musician (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bansuri, percussion instruments)

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Date: Sunday 23 April

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville

Ticket: $35 + booking fee

Booking: 9550 3666 or www.factorytheatre.com.au

Language: English

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george miller

The cinematographer George Miller and the Greek contribution to Australian culture

Lecture by Professor Vrasidas Karalis

Synopsis: George Miller is one of the most iconic figures of Australian and global cinema. He was the film-maker who, with Mad Max (1979), opened the way for the Australian cinema to become international. The lecture discusses the Greek background of George Miller and his visual aesthetics as well as his contribution to world cinema as a producer, writer and director. It also attempts a cultural reading of his films, like the innocent fables Babe (1995) and Happy Feet (2006), by suggesting that the central figure is the outcast who becomes accepted by an initially unfriendly and hostile society.

Date: Thursday 20 April

Start time: 6:30pm

Venue: Due to the temporary closure of the original venue, this event will now be held at Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney

Ticket: Free

RSVP: 9750 0440 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language: English

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