Finding this ancient out door theater is not too difficult. It is situated on the main road through the arches of trees as you are coming through to the main parking areas on the edge of Kos town, it is on your right hand side. Look out for a small white kiosk too. There are also ancient ruins on the opposite side!
Step back in time and imagine you are wearing a floating toga, as you walk bare foot on the flagstone pavements with your Greek God/Goddess at your side! On your way to watch a play, a comedy by Aristophanes or perhaps a tragedy written by Sophocles…comedy and tragedy were never mixed, it was one or the other.
The Greeks designs of the amphitheatres were based on mathematics, to create sound and acoustics’, so that the voices of the actors on stage could be heard from the back seats. Very clever and with no need for microphones!
Underneath the Odeon, you can still see the dressing rooms of the actors. Here the men would don their masks. All actors wore them, even the twelve members of the Chorus (the chorus would all wear identical ones to depict the same character). Men would dress up to portray women’s roles and had to become women with the aid of a wooden structure that imitated breasts! No padded bras and gel fillers in those days! They also had to have a ‘progasteda’ to swell a belly!
It was here, in the actual Dressing Rooms of the Odeon that they discovered hidden statues in 1929, one of Hippocrates which you will find displayed in the Kos Museum in the Main Square of Kos Town.
It is one of the main sites in the area well worth a visit, and still often used today for plays and speeches. Don’t forget your camera, and be careful when you climb the steps.