Ludi Scaenici 2012
Sancton Wood School’s Year 8 Latin burst on to the stage at the Ludi Scaenici competition held in the city of Cambridge.
Judge Alexander Welby Head of Classics at the Leys School said; “ The Sancton Wood play went to the core of what Classics is about.”
“It explored the tensions between the Modern and the Ancient World.”
Xan Hill of Year 8 was singled out for praise. “To pronounce well when screaming as Laocoon (Xan) did showed enormous skill. Hard work had clearly gone into the whole cast’s learning.
In the play Xan was declaiming in Latin whilst simultaneously being strangled by a sea serpent.
“There were some wonderful examples of pronunciation particularly on the words Pugnax and magnus. The pronunciation was beautiful,” said Mr. Welby.
Second Judge actress Elisabeth Donnelly commented:
“We wanted to see you perform. The characterisation was excellent. You made the Latin your own”.
Charlie Fynn as an outraged Hercules was praised highly.
The play was co-written and co-directed by Darin Mount and Russell Lord.
Teams travelled from as far away as Ipswich, Norwich and Rugby to compete.
(Russell Lord is Latin teacher at Cambridge International School and Sancton Wood School in Cambridge. He is a keen supporter of ARLT and has taught options groups at the ARLT Summer School.)