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Democracy Rules Past and Present - The Suppliant Woman

On Thursday 16 March the sixth form Classics students were fortunate to see a production of a Greek tragedy at Manchester Royal Exchange theatre based on The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus. The production was innovative, vibrant and ultimately absorbing. It featured some traditions of Greek drama such as a chorus, pouring libations to the god Dionysus and authentic instruments like the aulos.

Fifty women who are being forced into marriage seek help and sanctuary in Greece. The democratic state of Argos reviews their case and the people agree that the women’s rights are paramount and should be protected even if it risks hostility with another country.

The impact of the play had even more significance when Mr Paul Blomfield addressed the school in assembly the following morning using a very similar message.

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