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Classics Cambridge Theatre Trip

Classics Cambridge Theatre Trip

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 6.2

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