22 Oct 2015 - 22 Oct 2015

Almeida Greeks

From Aristotle to Albert Square

Proagon: Discussion & Debate

Tickets £7 (£5 concessions

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"Tragedy is like strong acid – it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth." - D.H. Lawrence

We refer to everything from environmental disaster to sporting failure as a tragedy, but what does it really mean when we use this most disputed word?

From Aristotle to Wagner, the idea of tragedy with its mighty action, its awesome pity and its cleansing catharsis, has been the pinnacle of artistic endeavour. What does tragedy, in theory and in life, have to say to us now?

This panel will be led by Charlotte Higgins, Guardian chief culture writer and author of It's All Greek to Me, joined by Edith Hall, Professor in the Department of Classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London and the broadcaster, Guardian columnist and priest, Giles Fraser and the acclaimed actor, theatre and opera director Fiona Shaw. 

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Dates & Tickets

Thu 22 Oct 6pm

Giles Fraser is a columnist for the Guardian, a regular broadcaster on BBC’s Radio 4 and a priest in the Church of England. Previously a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Oxford and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, he is currently a visiting professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is currently writing a theological memoir for Penguin.