Performing Dido Film

Performing Dido features two all-male productions of the Dido and Aeneas story performed in the hall of Christ Church, Oxford in 2013. In a new translation by Elizabeth Sandis, adult actors bring the Elizabethan undertones of Christ Church student William Gager’s Latin Dido (1583) to life with passionate scenes, sumptuous costumes, and original music under the direction of Prof. Elisabeth Dutton. Edward’s Boys, the boys’ acting troupe from Shakespeare’s King Edward VI school in Stratford-upon-Avon, follows this staging with an energetic interpretation of Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage as directed by Perry Mills. Their performance plays upon the traditions of gymnastic training and choirboy music associated with English boys’ schools, sweeping together comedy and tragedy in a heady mix. This documentary film juxtaposes moments from these gender-bending stagings with commentary from the directors and actors, as well as intimate rehearsal scenes. Directed by Maria Sachiko Cecire.

Film Credits

Alex Mills (Dido, in Gager)
Chris Williams (Aeneas, in Gager)
Daniel Wilkinson (Dido, in Marlowe)
Barbaby Bos (Aeneas, in Marlowe)

Producer: Elisabeth Dutton
Director: Maria Sachiko Cecire
Cinematography: Mark Jones
Editor: Mike LaRocco
Music: Chris Williams
Choral Music by Benjamin Britten
Performed by Edward’s Boys
(with Andrew Henderson, Piano)
Production Assistants: Olivia Robinson and Tamara Voegeli

Translation of Gager’s Dido: Elizabeth Sandis

Thanks to:
Christ Church, Oxford
King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Edward’s Boys

Funded by:
The British Academy
The University of Fribourg