Drama Competition 2021

The David Raeburn Prize – calling all budding performers and lovers of ancient drama!

David Raeburn Prize

 


Learn more about David Raeburn

An interview with David Raeburn

 

Shared with permission from issue 12 of ARGO Magazine

For students aged 11-18 years

Perform a piece of ancient drama or deliver a spoken word composition and be in with the chance of WINNING GREAT PRIZES!

The Faculty of Classics, in partnership with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD), is proud to launch the David Raeburn Prize, an exciting new performance competition for young people from across the UK.

David Raeburn (1927-2021) was an eminent translator and prolific director of performances of ancient drama, as well as a schoolteacher and headmaster, the co-founder of the JACT Greek Summer School held annually at Bryanston School, and sometime Rodewald Lector in Classical Languages at New College, Oxford. He was committed to bringing ancient drama to modern audiences of all ages and backgrounds. A special collection of his work is held at the APGRD. You can read more about his career here.

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers in each category (solo translation, solo spoken word and group translation – prizes will be split equally within groups):

  • First place performers will receive £200, certificate(s) and Oxford Classics merchandise.
  • Second place £100, certificate(s) and Oxford Classics merchandise.
  • Third place £75, certificate(s) and Oxford Classics merchandise.

All shortlisted performers will receive certificates of participation. 

Prizegiving Event

To celebrate the life of David Raeburn, we will be recording a special podcast and hosting a prizegiving event in Spring 2022. This event will include an exhibition, live performances and the presentation of prizes to the winners of the inaugural David Raeburn prize.

Winners in each category will be invited to participate in a podcast before the celebration event and showcase their work. Further details will be released in due course.  

How to enter

  1. Film the performance piece.
  2. Upload the video to YouTube as an UNLISTED (not public or private) video. Guidance on uploading films is available here. Please list in the description of the video the sources or translations that have been used.
  3. Complete THIS FORM
  4. Send a signed copy of the PARENTAL CONSENT FORM to outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk. We are unable to consider any entries that do not have the written consent of their parent / guardian.

Rules

This competition is open to any participant aged 11-18 (or Years 7-13, or equivalent).

Performances are to be delivered entirely in English.

Performances must be no longer than 5 minutes. There is no minimum length.

Up to THREE entries per category are permitted per school/institution/educational setting. It is the responsibility of teachers/tutors to determine which performer/group will represent their school/institution/educational setting.

Entries received earlier than the deadline are very welcome; entries received after the deadline will be disregarded.

There is no entry fee.

Deadline for entries

6pm on Thursday 2nd December 2021

What will the judges be looking for?

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Oxford academics, students and members of the APGRD .

The judges will be looking for powerful, creative and exciting interpretations of ancient material.

Performers will not be judged on the technical quality of the recording (phone footage is perfectly acceptable, for example).

We suggest that the video is of a single take, rather than a montage of clips.

Students may use their own translations, but they will not gain extra credit for this – submissions will be judged purely on performance value.

The decisions of the judging panel are final and individual feedback will not be given.

Categories

1. Solo - Translation

Perform a piece of ancient drama (an extract from a tragedy or comedy originally written in Latin or Greek prior to 476 CE) in English translation. Any published translation can be used, for instance ‘Oliver Taplin’s translation (2016) of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King’ or students may use their own translations, but they will not gain extra credit for this – submissions will be judged purely on performance value. The translation used should be clearly stated in the entry form.

2. Solo – Spoken Word

Deliver a spoken word composition in English, inspired by one or more aspects or extracts of ancient drama. The composition can be the original work of the performer, or the work of another writer. This must be clearly stated in the entry form and, if it is the original work of the performer, an explanation of which ancient sources inspired the piece (no more than 400 words) must also be given.

3. Group – Translation

A group of 2 or 3 students (aged 11-18) performs a piece of ancient drama (an extract from tragedy or comedy originally written in Latin or Greek prior to 476 CE) in English translation. Any published translation can be used, for instance ‘Edith Hall’s translation (1996) of Aeschylus’ Persians’, or students may use their own translations, but they will not gain extra credit for this – submissions will be judged purely on performance value. The translation used should be clearly stated in the entry form.

Inspiration

If you’d like some inspiration, check out virtual performances by Out of Chaos, the #DailyDose by Actors of Dionysus on Twitter and the event recordings database of the APGRD. 

Questions

If you have any queries, please contact us at outreach@classics.ox.ac.uk.

Good Luck!