Classics Trip to Cambridge
- Published: Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:33
The Classics Department took 14 students to see the triennial Cambridge Greek Play. This provided a rare chance to experience ancient drama preformed in the original language. Luckily the theatre also provided subtitles in English!
Students on the trip were able to enhance their understanding of tragedy for Classical Civilisation A level thanks to this moving performance of Antigone. Some of our pupils have studied Ancient Greek and could pick out the words as the action unfolded on stage. True to ancient Athenian tradition, the tragic play was followed by an outrageous comedy, Lysistrata. One hilarious moment of many was when we saw the Athenian ambassador flying on a zip-wire, wearing a blonde wig and brandishing a Union Jack!
Also included in the trip was a thought-provoking lecture from Professor of Classics Simon Goldhill, in which he highlighted Antigone's challenge to the audience to take a position regarding extremism. We also had a friendly and encouraging tour of Trinity College from their schools liaison officer, plus lunch in the college's Hogwarts-style Hall.