A Year 7 schoolgirl wowed Classics scholars at Oxford University with a performance that won her first prize at competition run by the department at the prestigious college.
Bianca, a pupil at St Helen’s School in Northwood, took part in the David Raeburn prize, a competition run by the Classics Faculty at Oxford in partnership with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.
The UK-wide contest, which has entries from across the United Kingdom, requires students to submit a five-minute-long performance of an extract of a play from Ancient Greece or Rome.
Bianca decided to perform the prologue to the Greek play Dyskolos (translated as The Bad-Tempered Man), written by historical playwright and which premiered sometime between the years 317 and 316 BC.
With her excellent dramatic skills, her performance charmed the judging panel, made up of the Classics faculty and various post-graduate students studying the subject, and won her the top award in the contest!
Bianca’s extract can be viewed at this web link.