The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus

3 (1) · Fringe Theatre, Contemporary

I'm a God, Apollo, but I was tipped On a rubbish tip inside this manuscript. I’ve spent two thousand years asleep On an Oxyrhynchus rubbish heap.


Egypt, 1907. Two archaeologists, Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt, are searching for ancient fragments of poetry and plays, next to an old rubbish heap.

Until the Greek God, Apollo, descends from the skies...

Apollo is furious that they have failed to unearth the fragmentary text of a lost Satyr play by Sophocles. As he forces the two papyrologists to find the lost play, Grenfell and Hunt become part of the story they have discovered.

Critic reviews

Tony Harrison’s collision of high and low art fashions a Greek satyr play into a barbed comment on the lack of imagination in contemporary culture


An intellectual pantomime


Date & time

Show ended
Tue 3 Jan - Sat 28 Jan, Tue - Sat 7.30pm; Sat & Sun mats at 3pm.


118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions
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