University of Oxford: David Raeburn Prize

The Faculty of Classics, in partnership with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), is proud to launch the David Raeburn Prize, an exciting new performance competition for young people from across the UK.

This competition is open to any participant aged 11-18 (or Years 7-13, or equivalent). The judges will be looking for powerful, creative and exciting interpretations of ancient material.

Performances are to be delivered entirely in English and must be no longer than 5 minutes. There is no minimum length.

There are three competition categories:

  1. Solo – Translation

Perform a piece of ancient drama (an extract from a tragedy or comedy originally written in Latin or Greek prior to 476 CE) in English translation. Any published translation can be used, for instance ‘Oliver Taplin’s translation (2016) of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King’ or students may use their own translations, but they will not gain extra credit for this – submissions will be judged purely on performance value. The translation used should be clearly stated in the email of submission (see below).

  1. Solo – Spoken Word

Deliver a spoken word composition in English, inspired by one or more aspects or extracts of ancient drama. The composition can be the original work of the performer, or the work of another writer. This must be clearly stated in the email of submission and, if it is the original work of the performer, an explanation of which ancient sources inspired the piece (no more than 400 words) must also be given.

  1. Group – Translation

A group of 2 or 3 students (aged 11-18) performs a piece of ancient drama (an extract from tragedy or comedy originally written in Latin or Greek prior to 476 CE) in English translation. Any published translation can be used, for instance ‘Edith Hall’s translation (1996) of Aeschylus’ Persians’, or students may use their own translations, but they will not gain extra credit for this – submissions will be judged purely on performance value. The translation used should be clearly stated in the email of submission (see below).

Please note: up to THREE entries per category are permitted per school/institution/educational setting. It is the responsibility of teachers/tutors to determine which performer/group will represent their school/institution/educational setting.

 

For further details, and how to enter, see here.

Deadline for entries 2 December 2021, 6pm.