Classics Trip: Euripides’ Medea - Hurstpierpoint College

Classics Trip: Euripides’ Medea

On Thursday 23 March, the Classics department took Lower Sixth Classical Civilisation and Drama students to see a performance of Euripides’ Medea at Soho Place theatre in London. Although Medea came last place when it was originally performed at a drama festival in the fifth century BC, it fascinates audiences today for its exploration of betrayal, revenge and the role of women. Students and staff alike thought the performance was brilliant.

This version was particularly impressive because it followed some of the conventions of Greek tragedy; there were only three speaking actors onstage at any one time and Ben Daniels assumed the roles of four different characters. The students and staff could experience first-hand how the chorus, which may seem secondary when only reading the text, play a central role in fully immersing the audience in the action.

We were on the edge of our seats! Tamsin Morton, Teacher of Classics