Classics play The Persians lives up to high expectations

The Persians Classics play cast

The Classics department continued their successful run of Greek tragedies with last week’s impressive production of Aeschylus’s The Persians.

The play, written in 472BC, is the earliest complete drama in existence and dramatises the Persian reaction to their defeat at the Battle of Salamis which had taken place eight years earlier.

Almost two and a half millennia later, the school’s production delighted the sell-out audiences of parents, pupils, staff and governors over three nights in the Hallam Hall.

The story was portrayed by a brilliant cast of Sam Allport, Tom Fawcett and Alex Collingwood who all supported lead character Atossa, alongside the chorus led by Toby Jones and comprising of Luke Cawthorn, James Earley, Walid Hassoon, Ben Hayes and Will Robinson.

Off stage, a 20-strong crew helped to make the production possible. The show’s wonderful costumes were created by staff and pupils in the Textiles Technology and Art departments, while pupil Hina Ali was responsible for Atossa’s make up.

A technical support and lighting team assisted the caretaking, IT support and front of house teams in ensuring that the performance ran smoothly, all under the directorship of Mr Alastair Thorley, the head of Classics. As in previous years, the play’s magnificent set was designed and constructed in-house by the maintenance department’s Mr Dave Matthews.

Each performance of the play was also preceded by a different short drama written by an A-level Classics pupil. They were asked to consider the extent to which relations have changed between the east and the west since Aeschylus wrote The Persians nearly 2,500 years ago, with the results providing perfect openers for the main feature.

The annual Classics play now has a firm slot in the school calendar, with The Persians living up to the high standards set in previous years by Medea, Agamemnon, Oedipus, Hippolytus, Antigone and Trojan Women.

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