History of theatre - Greece

History of Theatre

The Exhibition of the History of Greek Theatre took place at the Museum of Science and Technology of the University of Patra and consisted of two parts:

  1. Ancient Theatre (5th and 4th century B.C.)
  2. Modern Theatre (16th – 20th century A.D.)

The students who worked on ANCIENT THEATRE, coordinated by the teachers Ms. Maria Kotrotsou and Ms. Eugenia Kostakopoulou, dramatized brief excerpts from the tragedies “Antigone” by Sophocles, “Medea” and “Helena” by Euripides.  There was also a presentation on ancient theatre by the headmistress of our school, Dr. Eugenia Pierri.

The exhibits were:

  1. Replicas of theatrical costumes and masks which were used in ancient tragedies and comedies.
  2. Illustrations and information on the structural parts and the equipment used in an ancient theatre. The tragic playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides and the comic playwright Aristophanes were mainly presented.

The students who worked on MODERN THEATRE, coordinated by Ms. Mina Petropoulou, dramatized brief excerpts from “Erotokritos” by Vicentzos Kornaros (late 16th century). The main points of the second part of the exhibition were:

  1. Eptanisian and Cretan theatre (16th-17th) represented mainly by Georgios Chortatsis, Vicentzos Kornaros and Markos Antonios Foskolos.
  2. 19th century theatre in Greece which had just been liberated from the Ottoman Empire. Playwrights: Antonios Matesis, Demetrios Vyzantios, Alexandros Rizos, Demetrios Koromilas.
  3. From the 20th century, the three most significant theatrical institutions: The National Theatre, the Art Theatre of Karolos Koun (Theatro Technis) and The State Theatre of Northern Greece.

The students of the Greek Erasmus+ team worked for many months and with a lot of excitement to prepare the exhibition. They nervously but proudly presented their work to the teachers and students of the four European schools visiting Patra.