Classics play HisTroy marks war centenary

HisTroy cast

Craig Bowie as Ajax and Tom O’Mahony as Philoctetes excelled in this year’s Classics play, HisTroy.

The production was a reinterpretation of two of Sophocles’ plays staged by Head of Classics Mr Thorley to include excerpts from the First World War poetry of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.

Scene from HisTroy part one

Ajax and Philoctetes deal with the misery of the Trojan War and the comparison in the centenary year of the beginning of the “war to end all wars”, highlighted the enduring relevance of the participants’ experiences.

Scene from HisTroy part two

Performing across three nights in the Hallam Hall, the cast rose to the challenge of the demanding material, with atmospheric and note-perfect accompaniment from the chorus.

War exhibition

The play was accompanied by an exhibition of pupils’ work as part of the centenary of the First World War.

War exhibition piece

Pupils studying Art and Design, History, Textile Technology, Classics, Modern Foreign Languages, Junior School History, Food Technology, English and Life Studies all contributed work to the exhibition which will be featured on the website in more detail next week.


Download the HisTroy programme, which includes:

  • Headmaster Mr Andrew Chicken on commemorating the war
  • chorus member Leah Allcock on heroes in war
  • English teacher Mr Ben Masters on the poetry of Sassoon and Owen
  • cast and crew
  • notes accompanying the exhibition

Download the HisTroy programme (pdf)

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