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Impressive Classics Play captivates audiences

Four amazing performances of ‘Bethides’, a new version of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ created by the Classics department – in conjunction with the English and Drama departments – astounded the audiences at this year’s Classics Play.

‘Bethides’, which is the school’s fourteenth Classics Play, takes the dramatic intent of Shakespeare’s play and incorporates the power of the original into the established structure of a Greek tragedy.

The play saw Nikolai Krywonos take on the role of Bethides, Lady Bethides was Katie Collier, Oliver Ensor-Adams was Duncan, Banquo was played by Rowan Sutton and Callum Barton was the Messenger.

Behind the scenes, students Chloe Almond, Evelina Gwynne, Sophie Pickup, Eloise Scott, Oliver Thorley and Ben Wilson were in charge of lighting and sound; Ella Cook and Mrs Zoe Vernon created the costumes; Caroline Jenks and Mrs Helen Lawson looked after the make-up and the set was designed by Mr Dan Farrell.

Directors for the play were Mrs Esther Suttle and Mr Alastair Thorley and they also adapted the script alongside student Zoe Shah.

Thanks also go to Mr Matt King-Sayce who was an important source of advice during the rehearsal process and to Old Stopfordian Alex Cosgriff – who was in ‘The Bacchae’ back in 2013 – who came in to talk to the cast about his memories, acting experiences since SGS and future plans.

Mr Thorley said: “Bethides was the successful culmination of the efforts of many staff and pupils. Dramatic costumes were created for the Chorus in particular and the cast were provided with a memorable set and atmospheric lighting.

“All of this served to inspire committed and engaged performances every night.”

The four shows included three performances for family members and the general public whilst the fourth was a specially put on show for students from other schools and colleges who attended a Classics Day.