On Thursday 25th May, LVI classicists went to Bristol to see an all-female interpretation of Euripides’ Medea.

The play linked struggles faced by modern women with the ancient and shocking Greek tragedy. By using very few special effects, the cast put the emphasis on the words themselves, recreating the feel of the Greek chorus by incorporating Gospel-style song and dance throughout. The performance successfully upheld ancient Greek theatrical conventions such as avoiding violence on stage, yet still conveyed the horror of a woman scorned and driven to kill her own children alongside the princess, her rival. It was a powerful and unforgettable performance and an important opportunity for the girls to appreciate and understand Greek tragedy in performance, not merely through reading the text in the classroom.