Ancient Drama Competition 2023

In 2022/3 the Faculty of Classics, in partnership with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), invited young people aged 13 - 18 from across the UK to perform a piece of ancient drama or deliver a spoken word composition.

A judging panel of academics and performing arts professionals had great fun watching over 50 short films.

Being a judge was a real treat - it was a brilliant experience to watch so many inspiring pieces. The entertainment and drama that entrants were able to perform in just five minutes was consistently amazing. The different interpretations and creativity meant no two entries were the same.

We wish to extend congratulations to everyone who took part - it was with great difficulty that we whittled the entries down to our winners below.

And the winners are...


Charlie Andrew and Daniel Price  

St Ambrose College

Oedipus King, Wertenbaker

13-15 years



Elliot George and Ruby Ranasinghe

Park View School

H.W and F.G. Fowler's translation (1905) of

Lucian of Samosata's Dialogue VI, Dialogues of the Gods.

16-18 years



Lily Rose Chapman


James Morwood's translation (2008) of Euripides' Medea

16-18 years



Debby Lawal

Wycombe High School

The inspiration for the piece came from the Greek story of Achilles and his shield.

13-15 years



Cherie Wong

Tormead School

Philip Vellacott's translation (1963) of Euripides' Medea

13-15 years


Highly Commended

    Description of piece Category

Arya Sharma

Scarlett Hammon

Harvey Nix 

Rugby School 

David Barrett translation (1978) The Knights - Aristophanes D 13-15 years
Ayodeji Adeosun St Ambrose College Oedipus Rex, Timberlake Wertenbaker 13-15 years
Madeeha Islam Wallington High School for Girls Ian Johnston translation 13-15 years
Alexander Newman Westminster School Westminster School’s translation (2022) of Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus  16-18 Years

Charlie Perry 

St Ambrose College Timberlake Wertenbaker 16-18 Years
Daniel Enohumah St Ambrose College Antigone, Timberlake Wertenbaker 16-18 Years
Lauren Mace-Pearce Hayes Inspiration: Thetis by Carol Ann Duffy from Andromache by Euripides  16-18 Years
Ursula Ida Chinsky

The Hertfordshire and Essex

High School and Science College

Ariadne BY Oliver Tearle 16-18 Years