Lower Sixth Theatricals

The Lower VI Classical Civilization group built a model of the Ancient Greek Theatre of Dionysus in Athens. Here, Felicity performs a self-penned tragic monologue. We see the shocked reactions of the audience and chorus, and finally the use of a mechane to raise the actor from the stage.

The Lower VI Latin group’s Camara and Florence here perform a Roman-style prosecution speech they have written with Hanna. They allege that Milo, a successful Ancient Roman politician, ambushed and killed Clodius, an Ancient Roman aristocrat. They deride Cicero, the novus homo (outsider) defence lawyer, and Milo’s wicked character. Patriotism, they say, compels us to admire Clodius’ family and save Rome from such a man as Milo. But why was Clodius even on the road at that time? Because he was going to sit at the deathbed of his dear friend and architect, Cyrus, of course! And why was he travelling light? Because he set out in a hurry! Finally they warn the Senate that if they find Milo guilty, ‘Rome will not forgive you a second time’.

Asyia, Sneha and Felicity perform their version of the defence speech, which was famously badly-written and badly-delivered, and lost Milo the case. If Cicero had performed the highly-revised version he actually published, Milo claimed he would ‘not now be enjoying the delicious red mullet of Massilia’ in exile. The faulty camera-work and mocking laughter from the crowd are designed to reflect Cicero’s original faulty delivery. Milo sits in the centre, despairing at his fate, while Cato the Younger on the right attempts to regulate the proceedings.

Whom do you think is guilty – Milo or Clodius?

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