A 2021 season of participative readings from The Divine Comedy


in the middle of the journey of our life …


Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita …


700 years on from Dante’s death, his epic narrative poem The Divine Comedy continues to grip the imagination of countless artists, composers, film-makers, writers and academics across the world. Translated into more than one hundred languages, The Divine Comedy stands alongside the Bible and the works of Homer and Shakespeare as one of the ultimate pillars of literary creation in human history.


To celebrate Dante’s astonishing legacy and his poem’s enduring power and fascination, throughout 2021, Julia Holden together with acclaimed playwright Justin Butcher are curating a season of participative readings from The Divine Comedy assisted by a team of top UK theatre professionals.


These sessions take place  at 7.00 pm (UK) and (8.00 pm Italy) every second Thursday and commenced on 21st January 2021. These sessions are currently in recess for the summer break. They are due to recommence after the summer in late September with Purgatory and Paradiso.


During this 90 minute Online Event (hosted on the Zoom platform) the participating group will together read, share, and reflect on the chosen Canto  – in its English translation. This will also include listening to a part read in the Italian language and may include reflections and guidance from an Italian Medieval Literature Expert. Towards the later part of the session, with the help of the team of UK theatre professionals, we will hear it read in English fluently.


To find out more and participate online contact JuliaHolden@ JProductions.it