ADC Theatre
Wed 22 - Fri 24 June

The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus

Tony Harrison

Content warning [May contain spoilers]

Tony Harrison’s masterpiece in verse theatre, voted one of the best 100 plays of the twentieth century, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus brings Sophocles’ missing satyr play Ichneutae to life.

This rowdy, riotous comedy begins in the sands of Egypt as Grenfell and Hunt, two Oxford dons, become obsessed with discovering the lost play. Hunt is relegated to reading petitions to governors and receipts for loans, whilst Grenfell becomes possessed by the god Apollo, as he gets closer to finding the fragments. Harrison brings to life the story of the first lyre and the dancing, swearing, unruly satyrs who tracked it down. No sooner had they found it, they were banned by Apollo from ever producing music again.

The play asks who controls history and culture? What receives orchestral recitals and what is noise pollution? Who’s allowed to tell their own tragedy?

This performance is recommended for audiences aged 15+

This amateur production is presented by an arrangement with Faber.


Wed 22 June at 11:00pm
Thu 23 June at 11:00pm
Fri 24 June at 11:00pm


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WED £8–£10, THU–FRI £8.50–£10.50

excessive or gratuitous violence


drugs/alcohol/substance abuse

comic fake-nudity

death and/or dying

abuse (mental, verbal, physical, sexual)


The ADC Theatre is Britain's oldest University playhouse, today administered and maintained by the University of Cambridge. Plays have been presented on the site since 1855, when the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club (CUADC) was founded, and the society met and performed in the back room of the Hoop Inn, which stood almost exactly where the ADC Theatre stands today.  Today, the ADC Theatre is the centre of University drama in Cambridge, run almost entirely by students with no Faculty involvement. 


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