The Satyricon

A modern take on an ancient classic

“People will look back on us and maybe they’ll be appalled by what we said and did
– or maybe they’ll laugh or maybe they’ll just wonder at the complexity of human relationships.”

Stephen Corrall as Petronius, Edinburgh October 2022

Encolpius, Ascyltos and Giton are three young men footloose in the Roman Empire. With long-dead Petronius commenting on their story and a cantankerous group of twenty-first century Actors bringing to life everyone they meet, the trio find themselves at the heart of adventures of seduction, deception, love, thievery, violence and more.

Step back into the past while keeping one foot in the present as you enter this picaresque tale. View sexual relations from the Roman perspective – and view the Roman perspective from today. Remind yourself that actors have a life beyond the stage – and that some lives never end. All this and more in the fast and funny, filthy and philosophical play that is The Satyricon.

“hugely effective and at times very funny indeed”
All Edinburgh Review

Bielefeld April 2024


Ben Blow (Ascyltos), Rhona O’Donnell (vegetable seller), Joseph Cathal (Encolpius)
Arbery Theatre / EGTG, Edinburgh 2022

LEFT: Viktor Ullrich (Encolpius), Finja Balke, Annika Bruns (market sellers), Leo Binnewies (Giton)
CENTRE: Angela Neumann (worshipper), Cornelia Seiffert (Quartilla), Sezen Hormann (worshipper)
RIGHT: Julia Mentrup (Ascyltos), Leo Binnewies (Giton), Viktor Ullrich (Encolpius)
English Drama Group, University of Bielefeld 2024