Ancient Drama Prize 2022

In 2021 the Faculty of Classics, in partnership with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), invited young people aged 11 - 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 were delighted to watch nearly 100 short films. The quality of performance was consistently high, and it was a very difficult task indeed to whittle the entries down to our winners below.

Prize winners' podcast

Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Senior Research Fellow in Classics Education, chats with the winners of the faculty's exciting new performance competition for young people from across the UK. Listen in here:, and it's also on Apple Podcasts here:

Prize Winners


Winner Performance Finalists
Solo - Translation

Bianca Khanna

St Helen's School, Northwood

From the Prologue of Menander's the Grouch

source: website - Poetry in Translation

Leora, of Maidstone Grammar School For Girls


Florence, of Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Solo – Spoken Word

Sydney Mann

Harris Academy, Greenwich

A reading of the poem "Icarus" by Kae Tempest


Freddie, of St Ambrose College, Trafford


Emanuel, of St Ambrose College, Trafford



Group – Translation

Aiko Hoshiko, Grace Barry, Isla Partlett

Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Robert Fagles' translation (1984) of Sophocles' Antigone

John, Timothy and Herb

Wallington County Grammar School 


William, Abel and Niccolo

Dulwich College, London