Last Wednesday, 22 sixth form classicists had the pleasure of watching Sophocles’ Electra, showing at the Old Vic in London. Frank McGuinness’ version of this age old tragedy has been showered with critical acclaim, with both the Daily Telegraph and The Independent offering up five star reviews of the well renowned Kristin Scott Thomas and Olivier Award winning actor Jack Lowden. All of us found the play to be absolutely fantastic, with a very emotionally charged story line. In fact, it was so emotionally charged, that we all came out feeling fairly drained. This became very apparent when, upon our arrival at school, fellow students and members of staff described us as ‘subdued’ and ‘exhausted’. Whilst this initially may be thought of as a negative idea, the opposite is true. We found our end state to be the perfect example of how much this play reaches out to the viewer, making the theatre active for all parties involved. All in all, the resounding consensus is that Electra is a must-see for anybody with an interest in theatre.
By Cameron Cross, 6.1
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.