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Behind the Scenes: Meet The Community Choruses

9 Nov 2021

A community chorus drawn from across Kent will bring one of the world’s oldest plays to life in Canterbury in November 2021.

We caught up with some members of the choruses to find out about their experience being part of the production so far and the themes of the play #TheSuppliantWomen.

Telling the story of fifty young women who flee Egypt by boat to escape forced marriage. They seek asylum from King Pelasgus. Not wanting to be responsible for putting his people in harm’s way, the King asks the citizens of Argos to vote on whether or not the girls should be given refuge. Will they vote to take the women in?

Featuring a chorus drawn from the local community, and using Ancient Greek techniques, The Suppliant Women is part play, part ritual, part theatrical archaeology.

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The Suppliant Women is first part of an epic cycle of plays. Be in at the start of an extraordinary journey into the past as Gulbenkian Arts Centre work with The Foreign Office and Wild Yak Production to bring ancient plays to life on the stage. Seen at major festivals around the world to huge acclaim, The Suppliant Women now comes to the Gulbenkian Arts Centre,.

The Suppliant Women will be performed at Gulbenkian Arts Centre from 11 – 14th November 2021. Find out more about the performance & book tickets.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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