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Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards 

Gabrielle auditions to attend the Athens City Academy to train as a bard -- but others trying for the few open spots include Homer and Euripides.


Jace Alexander


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Episode credited cast:
Lucy Lawless ... Xena
Renée O'Connor ... Gabrielle (as Renee O'Connor)
Dean O'Gorman ... Homer / Orion
Graham Moore Graham Moore ... Polonius (as Grahame Moore)
Andrew Thurtell Andrew Thurtell ... Twickenham
Joe Manning Joe Manning ... Euripedes (as Joseph Manning)
Patrick Brunton Patrick Brunton ... Stallonus
Alan de Malmanche Alan de Malmanche ... Docenius (as Alan De Malmanche)
Lori Dungey Lori Dungey ... Kellos
David Weatherley David Weatherley ... Gastacius
Bernard Moody Bernard Moody ... Drunk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kirk Douglas ... Spartacus (archive footage)
Michael Hurst ... Iolaus (archive footage)
Steve Reeves ... Hercules (archive footage)
Jean Simmons ... Varinia (archive footage)


Gabrielle auditions to attend the Athens City Academy to train as a bard -- but others trying for the few open spots include Homer and Euripides.

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Release Date:

22 January 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Production Co:

Renaissance Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode contains scenes from the movie Spartacus (1960). Lucy Lawless would go on to play Lucretia in the TV series Spartacus: War of the Damned and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. See more »


Bards were poets and scholars in Celtic/Gaelic societies (chiefly Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall). Professional reciters/performers of poetry in ancient Greece were called 'rhapsodes'. See more »


Xena: See how calm the surface of the water is. That was me once. And then
[Xena throws a stone in the water]
Xena: , the water ripples and churns. That's what I became.
Gabrielle: But if we sit here long enough it will go back to being still again; go back to being calm.
Xena: But the stone is still under there. It's now part of the lake. It might look as it did before, but it's forever changed.
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Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards
14 November 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Gabrielle fakes her way to audition for the Athens City Academy of the Performing Bards at their annual storytelling competition. This means leaving Xena and being admitted to the Academy if she is one of the top contestants.

Gabrielle really can spin a good yarn which impresses the other contestants.

There is little of Xena in this episode especially as it is a clip show. So we get footage from previous episodes of Xena and even from Hercules.

It really is light fluff and not a very good one. You really are stretching it when Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier turn up from clips of Spartacus.

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