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We will remember them! Mayfield replays WWI as a Greek Tragedy

Published Wednesday 10th of December 2014 02:10:59 PM

THE gravity and poignancy of World War I was brought to life by students at St Leonards-Mayfield School last week in a brand new production entitled The Unknown Greek Tragedy.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Great War, pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13, joined by Tobias Cornwell from The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells, adapted an original script written by Mayfield's Head of Drama, Helen Halliday. She said:

'Although the play had a skeleton, through workshops the cast developed the piece into what the audience saw. The performance showed the gravity and poignancy of the war and its legacy.'

The goddesses of Mount Olympus are summoned together to deal with a crisis. The Goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne, has fallen in love with Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. She is banished and the Goddess of death is ordered to 'deal' with the problem. An innocent Bosnian Serb, Gavrilo Princip, is used to resolve the issue by shooting the royal while he is visiting Sarajevo. When Mnemosyne hears that her lover has been killed she curses mankind. Horrified at Mnemosyne's curse, the Goddesses watch as the women of the earth cope with the disaster that befalls them between 1914 and 1918.

The play uses song, dance and the words of WWI poets Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke and Sara Teasdale to depict the events of the War - one of the deadliest conflicts in history and a catalyst for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.
At the end of each performance a collection was held for Walking with the Wounded, a charity established in 2010 to raise funds for the re-education and re-training of wounded servicemen and women.
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