CULTURE

Tribute to Vergina researcher

The National Theater of Northern Greece is staging a dramatized version of Manolis Andronikos’s «Chronicle of Vergina» as a homage to the late, celebrated archaeologist who is renowned for the work he carried out at the ancient site in northern Greece. Andronikos also served as president of the NTNG’s board of directors after the fall of the dictatorship. The performance will take place at the Roman Agora in Thessaloniki from June 21-23. Flanked by the beautiful remains of the ancient agora, seven members of the NTNG’s cast will act out extracts from Andronikos’s «Chronicle of Vergina,» which was published by the National Bank Educational Foundation. In the book, the researcher describes his excavations as a student, alongside his professor Constantinos Romaios, and then leads up to the discovery of the Vergina Royal Tombs. The archaeologist shares his scientific observations, his fears and hopes, both at the excavation site and in a small cafe, bringing to life all the people who were involved in the dig and in his life. The idea for the production was conceived by NTNG board member Roula Alevra and the performance is directed by Nikos Naoumidis, who was also responsible for selecting and assimilating the extracts.