Hydrama Theatre hosts contemporary drama and dance activities in Hydra as well as promoting the study and practice of ancient Greek theatre.
Performances at Hydrama's open-air amphitheatre in Vlychos are presented free of charge and are a treat that everyone enjoys immensely - whether it is their first experience of drama in Greece or whether they are hardened theatre buffs. The experience of taking a boat to the little hamlet or walking along the coast road, then sitting under the stars to watch live performances is spell binding. Generally there are 4 performances of different productions held once a week during July and August.
Corinna Seeds launched Hydrama in 1999 in Vlychos- where she has lived since 1988 and where her daughters were born and raised. As a professional theatre director with many years experience of community theatre, Corinna was frustrated by the lack of any creative activities in Hydra so she initiated free weekly drama workshops for the local children and youth.
Over the years she has established Hydrama as a unique theatre and arts centre and transformed Vlychos into a hive of vibrant youthful activity in July. Initially the locals were deeply suspicious (some thought she was performing black magic rituals!) – but now the Vlychos and Hydra communities always look forward to meeting and hosting the lively students and professional companies from all over the world each summer.
Hydrama’s founder, the theatre director Corinna Seeds, (above right) gives a brief introduction to each production - often to the accompanying sound of her donkey braying.
You can walk along the coast road from Hydra Port, crossing the stone bridge over Vlychos valley and then follow the main paved road (as though you were heading to Episkopi) and you will find the entrance to Hydrama about 30 meters from the bridge on your left. Hydrama is set in private land behind a private house, on performance nights there are plenty of people, lights and posters to show you the way.
You walk up the steps to the side of the house and immediately onto the 'stage' in the well of the amphitheatre. First time visitors are often amazed and a little in awe to find themselves suddenly transported to such an unexpected setting!
A boat also transports theatre goers leaving from Hydra Port, opposite the church clock tower, at 21:00. Or you can take a sea-taxi from the port. From Vlychos harbour, walk straight up the valley, passing the Enalion Restaurant, and when you reach the main road, just before the stone bridge, turn right and about 20m along turn left at Hydrama.
Please note that Hydrama is open to the public only on performance nights! At any other time visitors must make a prior appointment.