“The Dig” is about the unearthing of a 2.000 year old theatre in Paphos, Cyprus. Paphos is a Mediterranean seaside tourist town, and the workers are Australian volunteers brought together under a team from Sydney University.
The dig is partly seen through the eyes of these volunteers, their expectations, likes and dislikes via interviews shot on location during the last dig season. Their stories are supported by Professor Richard Green, Head of Classics and Archaeology at Sydney University. He fleshes out the story of the theatre and provides the narrative upon which our story sits.
Providing an educational role, the documentary looks briefly at the nature of ancient theatrical performance, the role of theatre in ancient society. We also visit the Tombs of the Kings, part of the Unesco World Heritage Sites. As well, some exciting discoveries are made in the shape of an inscribed marble slab.
At its core however is the volly’s story. Through a number of diverse perspectives the viewer will gain an insight into “the dig experience”. Why did they go? What did they expect? What did they find on Cyprus, a country so far from home yet culturally linked to modern Australia.