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Murder in Argos: A Timeless Trial by the Student theatre company Votive Theatre

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Student theatre company Votive Theatre are excited to be the first company to stage Murder in Argos, written by Somerville College alumni and author Mary Nicholson!

Having never been performed on stage before, Nicholson’s script has sat in the archives of Somerville Library for decades, only now to be released for the public to read. Influenced by the ancient classical trilogy of the Oresteia, this retelling promises to be an innovative piece of live theatre. From the playwright herself, Nicholson prefaces the drama as “not an ancient play in modern dress” but as “a timeless trial, presented to a modern jury.”

Murder in Argos centres on a murder of the most treacherous kind. The disillusioned community look to their leaders for how to exact justice for the crime – but justice itself is drawn into question. Cycling through post-World War One British history, time seems to propel forwards. Yet the same characters are trapped in the same story, forced to play the same roles and subjected to the same rhetoric. We might be eager to remember the past, but are we doomed to repeat it?

Nicholson allows us to reflect upon the stories of the mythical past in the context of her own environment in the 1960’s, a world recently shaken by two world wars. Pressingly urgent, Murder in Argos transports a moral that pierces from Classical Athens through to the present day.

Plus on Friday 12 Nov at 7pm, join us for a pre-show talk by Uncomfortable Oxford, delving into the theme of Imperial Amnesia in Britain after the ‘end’ of the Empire, followed by a discussion with the Votive Theatre team.

Murder in Argos: A Timeless Trial will be at Keble O’Reilly Theatre – Keble College from Thu 11 – Sun 14 Nov. Tickets: £11 general admission, £8 concession. This event is open to all members of the public. For more information and tickets, please visit:


Votive Theatre
Murder in Argos: A Timeless Trial
Thu 11 – Sun 14 Nov 2021, times vary
Keble O’Reilly Theatre, Keble College, Blackhall Road, Oxford OX1 3PG
£11 general price / £8 concession

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