The Red Ladies

From the University of Oxford Classics Outreach Officer:

Dear colleagues,

The University of Oxford Onassis Programme (which supports the development of new theatre work inspired by ancient Greek drama) is bringing the Red Ladies to Oxford and London at the end of this month.

Catch them if you can! It should be a very entertaining and interesting production, of special interest to those studying Classical Civilisation, Classical Greek or Theatre Studies.

All best wishes,
Lizzie Belcher


The Red Ladies began as an exploration of the Greek tragic chorus – as families, crowds, armies, nations, ethnic identities or orchestras – and has developed into a large-scale performance which begins of the streets of a city and
leads its audience into an indoor venue. It is a truly spectacular, challenging, uplifting piece of work that publicly challenges our assumptions of what it means to be part of a crowd. The Red Ladies began their mission at the National Theatre Studio and have since been spotted at Warwick Arts Centre and Hackney Empire. This summer you may also spot them in Oxford and London.

“Choreographed with military precision and pulled off with admirable panache” Metro

The Red Ladies are on their way. Who are they and what do they want? Do their stilettos pose a threat to national security?

“It was the kind of inspired happening that makes the city come alive. Keep an eye out.” The Guardian

An undisclosed number of identically dressed, clandestine and possibly dangerous women, are about to descend on your city. You will know them by their red head scarves, red stilettos, sunglasses and red vanity cases.
They're out on the streets, looking, gathering evidence. They are witnesses.

Rendezvous with them at their makeshift headquarters at the The Old Fire Station (Oxford) or the ICA (London) where they may reveal their true identities.

The Red Ladies are coming. Be vigilant!

Red Ladies 2008 is produced by Fuel in association with The Onassis
Programme at Oxford University, commissioning, nurturing and producing
contemporary theatre inspired by classical Greek drama. We are honoured to
welcome the Red Ladies to Oxford as a dynamic and important contemporary
response to exploring the Greek chorus.

This event is brought to you by the Clod Ensemble, creators of performance
integrating original music and visual theatre. |
“The Clod Ensemble is one of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of drama.”
The Guardian

Produced by Fuel in association with the University of Oxford Onassis


29 – 31 MAY 7.30pm

OFS Studio
40 George Street, Oxford OX1
01865 297 170/0844 847 2360**
*Subject to booking/transaction fees

3 & 4 June 7.30pm & 4 June 10pm

Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London, SW1
Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Charing Cross
020 7930 3647 |

Red Ladies will also appear in porto, Portugal on 6 & 7 June.

University of Oxford Classics Outreach Officer
Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles', Oxford OX13LU
Tel: 01865 288172 Fax: 01865 288386