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Classic play is Greece enlightening December 28, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Hellenic Light Europe.

It was all Greek for schoolgirls as they wowed audiences with their ensemble production.

Students at Portsmouth High School, UK, impressed in their production of The Thebans, the story of the doomed leading family of Thebes in Greek mythology.

With a cast of 30 senior students, the audience was at the heart of the action with the stage in the centre of the school hall and the chorus performing on and off stage.

The school’s head of drama, Rosemary Comrie, said: ‘Virtuoso performances and impressive ensemble sequences characterised our school production. The play draws on the ancient tradition of choral speaking and the modern techniques of physical theatre. ‘We believe it is important for pupils to have as many performance opportunities as possible and to be exposed to as many different texts.

‘It is not just performance opportunities, but regular visits allow pupils to experience live theatre. Many of the cast of Thebans will be taking part in a combined Art, Drama and Philosophy trip to Greece planned for next year.’

The Thebans encompasses the events of the Greek plays Oedipus the King, Phoenician Women, Seven Against Thebes and Antigone, and was originally written for a Scottish audience by Liz Lochhead, the playwright and poet.

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