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Course overview

Enter the ruthless and vengeful world of Greek Theatre, and explore the work of its three major tragedians through their telling of the same story – that of Electra and Orestes taking revenge on their mother Clytemnestra, for the murder of their father Agamemnon.

Focusing on The Libation Bearers (Aeschylus), Electra (Sophocles) and Electra (Euripides), you will discover the distinctive elements of these dramas. Rehearsal work includes Choral Odes; Two- and Three- Actor Scenes; and the Messenger Speech.

The work builds towards an informal presentation in the final session: an opportunity to share work in development, free from the pressures of showing a more 'polished' performance.

RADA Associate Director Nona Shepphard, who has a BA in Latin and Ancient Greek and started her theatrical career through her love of Greek Tragedy, leads the course. Working alongside her is Mixalis Aristidou, born and raised in Cyprus, who teaches Movement at RADA.

Part of our Theatre History in Practice and Text & Craft series of courses.

Entry requirements

  • No audition/some selection possible.
  • Applicants have to be 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course.
  • We are able to make reasonable adjustments to our training where possible. Many of our courses are highly practical. Most involve movement and some may include work on the floor. You may also be asked to read from various texts. If you have access requirements and/or require more information on access and facilities in our RADA buildings, please email
  • Fluent, confident knowledge of the English language is essential.
  • Students should have some experience of performance and be prepared to present material in front of other students.

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Who is this course suitable for?

  • International actors, directors and students of theatre history.
  • Professionals and amateurs wishing to extend their knowledge of Greek drama and mythology.
  • Professionals and amateurs looking to develop their skills.

How to apply

Complete an application form here.

For any queries regarding this course, please email

Please note: All courses are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Frequently asked questions

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for this course, providing attendance has been fulfilled, and the student has adhered to Rules and Regulations of the Academy (see below).

Does the course count towards university credits?

There are no University Credits associated with this course.