31st Latin Play Competition in Cambridge

Russell Lord, justifiably proud of his actors, has sent us this:

Sancton Wood School, of St Paul’s Road, has won the 31st Latin Play Competition in Cambridge.

The winning play, written by Latin teacher Russell Lord, is called ‘City of the Dead’ and featured ghosts, an opening tomb and the eruption of Vesuvius at Pompeii.

Judge Hilary Goy said, “The spooky Sancton Wood play had terrific atmosphere and was full of surprises. The actors aged 12 and 13 spoke with weight and accuracy. They had outstandingly authentic Latin pronunciation and truly brought the language to life.”

Drama teacher Michelle Holman was also singled out for praise:

“We were really impressed by the standard of drama and the choreography was just beautiful” said judge number two Susan Oliver. The Year 8 group has been practising for the last two weeks and all the children were thrilled.

Jamie Avis, 13, of Sancton Wood, said, “I am so happy that I really don’t know what to do.”

Dr Jack McDonald, Headmaster, was full of high praise for the winning team, “I did Latin A level, and it was never as fun as this! Russell Lord and Michelle Holman are a winning combination in Latin and Drama, and – as usual – our pupils have risen to the occasion.”

This latest win follows Sancton Wood’s victory earlier this year of the Classical Association Drama Competition, which they have now won for three years running. Other schools competing in the competition were the Perse School, St John’s College School and St Mary’s School from Cambridge, and from further afield Rugby School, Norwich School and Norwich High School.

actors in the winning play


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