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    A Masterclass for the Classics Department

    Natalie Haynes speaks on Tragedy, Comedy and Honour amongst Thebes.



    In the re-telling of the Oedipus Myth masterclass, Natalie Haynes looked at Aristotle's opinions about what makes a perfect tragedy: there has to be a unity of time and unity of place.  As well as this, each scene has to have 2 things: plot development and character development or something that reveals more of the character.

    Expanding on this idea she also enlightened us by saying almost all soap operas, like Eastenders, Emmerdale and Coronation Street, use Greek tragedies as a skeleton when making their episodes and forming plots, based on her visit to the Eastenders studios and seeing a storyboard from the popular soap opera. The one tragedy that hadn't been incorporated into Eastenders was Medea's gruesome infanticide.



    In addition to this, Haynes looked at the differences between the theatre in ancient times and now. Natalie Haynes argued, with which I completely agree, that the theatre should be something everyone can access for free especially considering it was free in Ancient times.

    With the release of Natalie Haynes’ book ‘The Children of Jocasta’, she explained that the basis of her novel is a retelling of the Oedipus story but from Jocasta’s point of view. Natalie Haynes' humorous way of getting her points across, her way of bringing a new perspective to the way we look at the Ancient world and the pure dedication that she has towards Classics is what I enjoyed about listening to her masterclass.

    Copies of her new book 'The Children of Jocasta' were available at a discounted price for students.

    Mercedes - Year 13