Classicists visit Cambridge

Before half term a group of 20 Classicists travelled to see the Cambridge Greek Plays; these come around every three years and are a production staged by undergraduates and graduates of a Greek tragedy and comedy – both in Ancient Greek. For the benefit of those not studying Classical Greek (and for those who are!) the plays were accompanied by surtitles in English to help us understand. The tragedy was Prometheus Bound, in which the Titan Prometheus, bound to a rock fifteen feet above the stage throughout the play, tries to persuade a number of visitors to help him escape. The sound of the Greek, much of which was sung in an almost operatic style, was striking and the whole production was well acted and surprisingly moving. For the comedy, it was The Frogs; thanks to some very clever use of the surtitles, added to a huge amount of energy from the large cast, it was very funny – with everything from Greek ‘knock knock’ jokes to visual slapstick, and a large amount of the coarseness of the original (which was delicately expunged from the Block 3 production at Bedales in the summer!) All of us, Greek speakers and non-speakers, found the production genuinely engaging and, after a flying visit to look at the Classics faculty library and gallery, we returned home feeling we had seen something very worthwhile.

By Alex Walker, Head of Classics

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Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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