On the morning of Thursday 13th October, a group of Radley Classicists from
various year groups embarked on a coach to travel to Cambridge to see the
annual Cambridge Greek Play. Upon arriving, the boys were given a tour around
the town by Radley dons who had attended university there themselves, before
settling down for lunch in an Italian restaurant.
Energised, the party made its way to the theatre where they initially
received a lecture from Professor Simon Goldhill, of Kings College Cambridge,
giving not only an interesting overview of the play (‘Antigone’) but also a
unique perspective on the didactic purposes of the play, emphasizing the merits
of simply being the one who survives rather than being too stubborn in either
extreme, like Creon and Antigone. He then presented the alternative option to
simply laugh at our troubles as we would later do during the thrilling
performance of ‘Lysistrata’.
The Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’, was up first with a brilliant
performance in what was no doubt an enjoyable and educational experience for
all the boys. Then, after a brief interval, the performance of Aristophanes’
comedy ‘Lysistrata’ began. The excellence of the both the original script and
the implementations of more modern references made for a thoroughly amusing
performance with everything from Boris Johnson zip-lining onto the stage to a
clever parody of “Let’s do it”, featuring our previous Prime Minister.
Thus, fantastically entertained, the boys returned to Radley after what was
certainly one of the best excursions I have ever been on in my time at Radley
and I’m sure all the boys will be able to similarly put the experience to good
use in their Classical studies.
Report by Arthur Dingemans, C Social