Last Wednesday, the year 12 and 13 Classics students went to watch the famous Greek Tragedy, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, performed by UCL students at the Bloomsbury Theatre.
The performance brought to life one of our Ancient Greek set texts and was both gripping and enjoyable. The production was very interesting, setting the tragedy in a more modern time period, displaying the captivating murder-mystery journey of truth and self-discovery in which Oedipus attempts to identify the murderer of Laius in order to cure Thebes of a devastating plague, which leads to the revelation of Oedipus’ crimes of incest and patricide.
Before the performance, we attended a lecture at UCL, by Dr Nick Lowe, a professor at Royal Holloway University. Dr Lowe focused on the background context of Oedipus Rex, and the tragedy’s wider references and appearance of its characters in other Greek texts such as Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey. Lowe also explained Aristotle’s elements of a tragedy included in Oedipus Rex such as peripeteia (downfall of the character) and anagnorisis (recognition- developing through a series of likelihoods).