Kallos Gallery

8th July 2014

kallos gallery welcomes friends of classics

Friends of Classics, the charity established over 20 years ago to promote classics teaching in schools, held its annual summer outing at Kallos Gallery on Monday, 7th July, 2014. (Friends of Classics is now Classics for All)

After an enjoyable hour browsing the beautiful works of art on display and chatting with friends old and new over wine and canapés in the luxurious library, everyone assembled for a presentation about the star piece of the evening, an archaic Greek terracotta kore (maiden), in whose honour the gallery had been decked out with sheaves of wheat, the emblem of the goddess Demeter.

After a brief description of the statuette’s attributes and intriguing features by Dr Liz Sawyer, Professor Colin Teevan introduced his recently published work, The Seven Pomegranate Seeds (May 2014, Oberon Books).

Professor Teevan, author of over twenty works for the stage and Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting at Birkbeck, University of London, composed the monologues that comprise The Seven Pomegranate Seeds on the theme of the mother-daughter relationship and missing or lost children, drawing from the plays of Euripides and the myth of Demeter and Persephone.

The evening culminated in a performance of the first of the monologues, ‘Persephone: The Room Under The Ground’, by poet and actress Hannah Silva under the directorship of Nicholas Pitt, a trainee director on the Birkbeck Theatre Directing MFA. Hannah Silva and Professor Teevan recently won the coveted 2014 BBC Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama Script for ‘Marathon Tales’ (BBC Radio 3), and this evening they collaborated once more on a classical theme, to great acclaim.

‘Colin Teevan’s monologue was brilliant and the performance by Hannah Silva was consummate.  Everyone in my row was completely enraptured.’
Lorna Bower, Communications Director of Classics for All

‘Thanks so much for such a terrific evening – it was lovely to see the new gallery, not to mention the collection which is spectacular.’
Andrew Galloway, guest of Friends of Classics

‘A wonderful event. Many, many thanks indeed.’
Dr. Peter Jones, Co-founder and Trustee of Friends of Classics


Friends of Classics

Colin Teevan

Colin Teevan’s Inaugural Lecture at Birkbeck

Hannah Silva