Get a taste of Dido’s Bar in a family friendly format

Tickets: £5 per adult, £3 per child, + FREE ticket available


Hear the epic tale of Aeneas' journey as a refugee told in a simple format through songs and storytelling. Director Josephine Burton steps onto the stage as our storyteller, joined by some of the actors of Dido’s Bar performing key songs from the show with The Underworlds, the Dido’s Bar House Band.


This condensed, daytime showing is designed for families who would find the evening showing too long or too late. We have also adapted the story to make the content more family friendly


Dido’s Bar is an epic retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid, one of the world's oldest myths of migration and the founding of Europe, Aeneas "made a refugee by fate" flees war-torn Troy (in modern day Turkey) to find a home in Italy. Facing resistance from humans and manipulation from Goddesses Juno and Venus, he ends up founding the Kingdom that would become Rome.


Retold for the 21st century through the eyes of refugees today, the show is inspired by Director Josephine Burton’s encounter with Kurdish Iranian refugee and now Finnish resident Composer, Marouf Majidi


Suggested age range: 6 - 15 years

Doors open 1.30pm, event starts 2pm, event finishes 3pm

There is no bar at this event.


Conceived and Directed by Josephine Burton

Written by Hattie Naylor

Composed by Marouf Majidi with additional composition by Riku Kantola

Set and Costume Design by Bryan Woltjen

Music and Sound arranged, designed, and directed by Riku Kantola

Movement Direction by Ayse Tashkiran

Lighting Design by Peter Small

Produced by Charlie Bunker 



Dido's Bar is co-commissioned by Oxford Contemporary Music and co-produced in the UK with Royal Docks Team, Oxford Contemporary Music and Journeys Festival, with additional support from Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, The Foyle Foundation, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The London Community Foundation, Genesis Foundation, Finnish Institute in the UK and Ireland, The Marchus Trust, Austin and Hope Pilkington, The Leche Trust and individual donors.

The Oxford production of Dido's Bar is supported by Old Fire Station Oxford. 


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Photos by Ali Wright.