Join the @VisualisingWar Team and us for 2 online workshops – From Achilles to Afghanistan: historic war stories and modern conflict

Join us for two interactive online conversations exploring how historic war stories influence our understanding of conflict in the modern world.

Conversation 1 (for military personnel/veterans/the wider military community): Wednesday 6th October, 12-2pm Sign up here.

Conversation 2 (for civilians): Thursday 7th October, 12-2pm Sign up here.

Have you ever been moved, fascinated, horrified or inspired by a war story from the past? If so, please come and share your thoughts with us in one of our online conversations!

Our research team is exploring how narratives of past conflicts influence how we imagine, understand, debate and even conduct war in the present. War stories come in many different forms: children’s books, epic poems, films, documentaries, news reports, personal anecdotes, political speeches and state commemorations, to name just a few. We have all heard tales of past heroism, self-sacrifice, triumph and loss – but what do these historic stories do to us, and how do they affect the ways we ‘visualise’ modern conflicts?

During these online conversations you will have the chance, if you wish, to share your own experiences. Together, we will look at some influential war stories from the past, exploring the different impacts they have had on individuals and communities – and above all, how they strike you.

We will be joined by professional theatre company NMT Automatics, who will show us some excerpts of their new play ‘Tempus Fugit: Troy and Us’, which combines an Ancient Greek war story (from Homer’s Iliad) with the tale of a modern military couple impacted by a 21st-century conflict. Their play raises some really fascinating questions about our habits of visualising war, and how archetypes and stories from the past can shape those habits, as well as helping us understand what we experiencing today. They will also get us thinking about how modern experiences of conflict might influence the ways we understand and retell past war stories.

At the end of the session, we will try coming up with some alternative endings to a historic war story as we think about the different influences it has previously had and the influence could go on to have in future. This might spark some conversation about how we narrate and visualise conflict resolution and the aftermath of war.

Your input into these conversations will help to shape our wider study of how past stories influence present and future conflict.

To sign up, please follow this link. For more information, please email viswar@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Tempus Fugit: Troy & Us performs at The Union Theatre in August!

Following 8 weeks of further R&D in collaboration with Visualising War, Centre for the public understanding of Greek and Roman drama & Redbridge Drama Centre we’re super excited to announce we’ll be performing Tempus Fugit: Troy & Us on 20th & 21st August @TheUnionTheatre, Southwark!

‘A door bell rings and the radio crackles on, igniting the visions and memories of a woman drawn to an ancient past, that speaks to her present and holds the keys to her future.’

You can find out all about the process and the issues it delves into here on a podcast with the Visualising War team: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1717787/8869034

More info on the performances & tickets to come…

Love, war, myth and reality: how far have we come from the days of Achilles?

Inspired by Homer’s Iliad, with its tales of Troy, of heartbreak and of devastation, NMT Automatics, in collaboration with CPUGRD, present: Tempus Fugit. Fusing myth and modern experience, we explore the effects of trauma and war; asking the questions: how and why do we tell battle narratives, and how do they affect our perception of warfare and the roles of soldiers and their partners, both present and past? In this workshop we unpick the processes that combine movement, mask, music, text, and academic research to create relevant and vital work.

Join us and our collaborators Andres Velasquez, Jon Hesk @Heskers, Alice Konig @KonigAlice on the 19th August FREE Tickets and info http://armyatthefringe.org/virtual #AATVF

Scotland, The British Museum, a Quiz and Troy!

Superb news that our collaboration with The Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman, based at St Andrews, has got confirmation, meaning we shall be returning to Scotland, in March, to continue developing our new show inspired by the Iliad!

Before that we will be performing an extract of the work at the British Museum, on the 22nd of February, as part of a ‘Creative responses to Troy’ event to go along with their main Troy exhibition.

We’ve also got out our fundraiser quiz, on March 1st, with some fantastic raffle prizes lined up!

https://www.britishmuseum.org/events/creative-responses-troy