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3rd Classical Theatre Competition for Secondary Schools

Alicante and Elche, from 2 to 11 May 2018
Translated by Alejandro Puertas Peinado

The 3rd Classical Theatre Competition for Secondary Schools will take place from 2 to 11 May. It has been organised by the University of Alicante in collaboration with the city councils of Alicante and Elche and the Spanish Society for Classical Studies with the aim of promoting all kinds of theatre -especially classical- as well as encouraging people to set up plays based on classical texts. 

The programme for this year’s edition is made up of six plays which will be performed by several secondary schools from the province of Alicante at both L'Escorxador  in Elche and Las Cigarreras in Alicante.

  • Wednesday 2 May, at 10.30 a.m. In La Caja Negra (Las Cigarreras): Hippolytus by Euripides, performed by Inmaculada Jesuitas School of Alicante. Plot: Phaedra, Theseus’ wife, is madly in love with her step-son Hippolytus. While her husband is away, she tries to seduce Hippolytus but, as he honours Artemis,- goddess of purity and the hunt-, he rejects her, thinking that his step-mother’s attitude is repulsive. When Theseus comes back to the palace, Phaedra accuses Hippolytus of trying to rape her. Theseus decides to do something about this huge offence, but at that moment, the dead body of his son is brought to him, killedby a beast. Everyone mourns his death, especially Phaedra.
  • Friday 4 May at 10.30 a.m. In La Caja Negra (Las Cigarrreras): Cistillaria by Plautus, performed by Doctor Balmis Secondary School. Silenium is a young girl who was abandoned at birth and raised by a prostitute called Lena Sira. She is in love with Alcesimarcus, a young rich man. However, even though he loves her back, his father wants him to marry a girl from a rich family. Gymnasium, Selenium’s loyal friend and Lena Sira’s daughter, helps the lovers. Meanwhile, Selenium’s real mother is looking for her with the help of her slave Lampadiscus. He saw how Selenium was put in a little basket that Lena Sira picked up and how she gave it to her friend Melaenis. 
  • Monday 7 May at 10.30 a.m. In L’Escorxador: Hecuba by Euripides, performed by Cox Secondary School. The play starts in a devastated battlefield. The victory of some means loss for others. We move around dead bodies... Those beings wandering around the shore turn out to be women who have been kidnapped and massacred, they are the defenceless Trojan women who walk around the ruins of their past lives, looking for something they do not know. Hecuba walks among the bodies of her children. Once she has accepted her defeat and the irrepairable losses, she can only wait in pain. 
  • Tuesday 8 May at 10.30 a.m. In La Caja Negra (Las Cigarreras): Medea by Euripides, performed by La Foia Secondary School (Ibi). The nursemaid of Jason and Medea’s children is worried because she sees Medea anxious, sad and angry. She fears that Medea is planning something evil, but she does not know what it could be, so she decides to warn the children’s tutor and ask him to get them apart from their mother. Meanwhile Medea appears before the chorus of women to complain about the betrayal of the man for whom she left her home, and her family.
  • Wednesday 9 May, at 10.30 a.m. In L’escorxardor: Women at the Thesmophoria by Aristophanes, performed by Monserrat Roig Secondary School. The women, tired of how Euripides talks about them in his work and of being portrayed as crazy and sexually depraved, they decide to judge him and convict him during the Thesmophoria festival. When Euripides finds out, he convinces Mnesilochus to disguise himself as a woman and infiltrate the festival to defend Euripides and not get him convicted. When Mnesilochus is discovered, Euripides tries to think about a good plan to escape which leads to hilarious scenes.

  • Thursday 10 May at 10.30 a.m. In La Caja Negra (Las Cigarreras): Oedipus by Sophocles, performed by Sagrado Corazon School. Oedipus, son of Laius and Jocasta, is the unlucky prince of Thebes. Right before Laius and Jocasta got married, the Oracle at Delphi warned them that their son would kill his father and marry his mother. Laius got scared and, as soon as Oedipus was born, he ordered one of his subjects to kill the boy. However, he could not carry out that horrible duty and, even though being disloyal to the King, he just pierced the baby's feet and hung him from a tree at Mount Cithareon.


La nave argo, inmaculada Jesuitas

Award ceremony
The 3rd Classical Theatre Competitionfor Secondary Schools will finish with an award ceremony on Friday 11 May at 6 p.m. at the UA halls of residence. The winner will be eligible to participate in the 4th Festival of Classical Theatre at L’Alcudia which will take place in July. During the ceremony, the jury will also present the awards for best director, set design and performer.

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