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Ionian Productions is a multilingual Oxford-based theatre company formed by Modern Languages students in February 2009, when Julia Hartley proposed to direct Racine's 'Phèdre' in the original French, enlisting the help of Polly Akhurst as producer. The sell-out show was performed at the Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, and its minimalist décor (two Ionian pillars) provided inspiration for the company's name. In February 2011, Ionian Productions put on an adaptation of Stendhal's novel 'The Red and the Black', which featured costumes from the National Theatre in London, and was performed in the chapel of Mansfied College, Oxford. Both productions made us realise that works considered classics on the continent can be relatively unknown in the UK and this increased our commitment to cultural exchange through the medium of theatre.

Our last production in Oxford was ‘Never Say Never’, a new translation of Alfred de Musset's 'Il ne faut jurer de rien' set in the Wodehousian 20s. Outside of Oxford, we premièred the piece of new writing ‘Counting Syllables’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 and have just finished touring 'Alceste & Juliet' in Paris and Brussels.

The company is always looking to the future and is eager to undertake new and exciting projects. This academic year we will be premièring two translations: Pirandello’s ‘The Mountain Giants’ produced in association with Oxford University’s Italian sub-faculty and Racine’s ‘Esther’ to coincide with Purim, the Jewish festival that celebrates the Biblical book Racine based the play on.

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