Classics Trip to Oresteia at the Globe Theatre, by Anita Ikpea (Year 12)
On Saturday 10 October, a collection of sixth form Classics and Latin students plus interested others embarked on a trip to London to watch the popular trilogy by Aeschylus, The Oresteia. The play had received excellent reviews and told the story of the murder of Agamemnon and the cycle of vengeance that followed. Before the play, we had a quick lunch and also made a stop at the Tate Modern; a wonderful art gallery where we got the chance to look around briefly and take lovely photos.
It was a pleasant afternoon and we enjoyed the outdoor setting of the theatre by the river Thames. We waited excitedly for the play to begin. Whilst everyone was chatting away, a man playing the watchman began to speak from the middle of the theatre where some of the audience was standing. That is how we knew the play had begun.
The actors were excellent and the live musical accompaniment from the band on the top floor was timed perfectly. Even though it was a tragedy, we enjoyed the comedic elements in the play. It was truly entertaining. We laughed along when the actors did or said something comic and there were also a few surprising moments. The three plays had a different chorus and each was entertaining in a different way.
When the play was over, the audience gave a huge round of applause and the actors took a bow and danced to the festive music that seemed to be associated with a Greek fertility rite. Despite being a very long performance, the entire experience was much enjoyed by myself and the rest of the students who participated.