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Classics & Storytelling Performance: Alcestis in Bits


‘Due to the ongoing global situation with COVID-19, the Manchester Branch of the Classical Association has made the local decision to suspend all its public-facing activities for the remainder of 2019/20’


Remember the morning you walked away, while she yelled down the street? Remember the time he held you so hard you thought your bones would snap? Remember the plate, the cup, the glass – falling, cracking, fracturing? Remember that night? The phone ringing? Remember?

Alcestis: In Bits is about breaking up and breaking down. The losses that leave your life shattered, and the painstaking work of picking up the pieces. Queens and gods, broken crockery and late-night phone calls collide in this live storytelling fusion of ancient myth and modern experience.

Inspired by Phrynichus’ lost tragedy, Alcestis: In Bits playfully, poignantly combines surviving fragments of an ancient tale with story-shards of contemporary heartbreak and endurance.

Stephe Harrop is a professional storyteller, spitting out new words and re-spinning old tales to try and make sense of a crazy world. “A deep thinker with a light-touch and a wealth of material at her fingertips” – Alys Torrance, Story Jam.

Stephe is also a Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool Hope University. You can read more about her work here: http://www.stepheharrop.co.uk/

Manchester Classical Association presents Stephe Harrop in performance, and in discussion with Dr April Pudsey, Manchester Met. University. Light refreshments from 5.30pm, from 6pm a 20 minute performance of Stephe’s recent work Alcestis: in Bits. This will be followed by discussion, and informal Q&A with the audience.

All talks in our series are free and open to the public. We are a local charity and welcome members and anyone who wishes to be involved. Membership helps us fund an annual series of events and a regular series of children’s activity workshops in public libraries https://www.manchesterca.org.uk/

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