A green shield with decorated with three black warrior figures fighting a lone warrior figure.

Event information

13 Nov 2022

(120 minutes, 20 minute interval)

BP Lecture Theatre


  • £10
  • £8 (Members)
  • £8 (Concessions)


Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

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The epic story of the siege and fall of Troy is a blueprint for every war that has ever been fought – an extraordinary, ever-relevant account of the savagery and mad ecstasy of the battlefield.

Laced with dark humour, Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton's poetic performance is shot through with half-familiar episodes – the wrangle over the Apple of Discord, the abduction of Helen, the launching of a thousand ships, the wrath of Achilles, the death of Hector.... And presiding over it all is a cast of immortal gods and goddesses who, with their petty bickering, are more than ready to wreak havoc among mortals.

This event is presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club, a UK-based storytelling programmer and promoter, working with spoken word storytellers, developing audiences, supporting artists and collaborating with venues and festivals across the UK.

Content warning: The Iliad is the story of a war and, as such, contains graphic descriptions of violence. There are also references to sexual relationships and scenes of a sexual nature.

Booking information

  • Book now to secure your place.
  • Running time: 60mins + 60mins + interval.
  • Age guidance: 14+, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Please note this event will be held at full capacity. Face coverings are recommended for the protection of yourself and others, unless you're exempt.


About the performers

Hugh Lupton

Hugh Lupton is an acclaimed poetic storyteller whose style focuses on a richly crafted use of the English language. An award-winning performer and writer, he has collaborated widely with singers, musicians and other performers. In 2005, he won the Classical Association prize for 'the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics' with Daniel Morden. His first novel, based on the life of poet John Clare, was published in 2010 and his song One in a Million (co-written with Chris Wood) won the BBC Two folk awards for 'Original Song of the Year' 2005.

Daniel Morden

Daniel Morden is an award-winning, UK-based storyteller and leader of the acclaimed Devil's Violin Company. For 23 years he has delighted audiences all over the world at storytelling festivals in Canada and Norway, at the major literature festivals in Hay, Bath and Cheltenham and at London venues from the Barbican to the National Theatre. He has also worked on TV and radio and published books for both children and adults.