A Greek Chorus Line at The old Rep Birmingham

via Amy Clements at Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Drama students bring Ancient Greek play into 21st century

Year 10 Acting students from Birmingham Ormiston Academy will be making their début at The Old Rep this July in A Greek Chorus Line. These innovative students have adapted Sophocles’ Antigone from a traditional Greek tragedy into a modernised and often comical play, changing the script themselves and assisted by professional director Tom Saunders. Antigone will be performed as A Greek Chorus Line at The Old Rep on 8th and 9th July.

The Old Rep, Birmingham
The Old Rep, Birmingham

Director Tom Saunders from Merseyside, is currently the Senior Youth Director at the Birmingham REP, and has previously worked with Birmingham Ormiston Academy on productions including Heartbreak Beautiful and Hamlet/Macbeth. Tom commented: “Antigone is great, it’s their own piece of work and I’m really happy with it. Although I am the director, the students have contributed a huge amount and have really made it their own!”

Many of the female students had a lot to say about the play due to its strong female characters. Lucy, who plays the title character Antigone, said “The messages in the play are still relevant today, the morals are the same and it would be nice for people to go away thinking about those morals and how they apply to life today.”

Year Ten Acting Students
Year Ten Acting Students

The energy and excitement of these students is admirable, and guaranteed to transfer from the rehearsal to the stage. The students have adapted the traditional Greek chorus from a group of old men to a gang of youth, making the play easier to relate to. As half of the chorus are female, A Greek Chorus Line has a very strong message to deliver about gender equality and the role of women both in Ancient Greece and in society today.

A Greek Chorus Line will be performed at The Old Rep on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July, at 7pm. Tickets are just £7 for adults, with concessions available at £5. For further information, or to book tickets, call the Box Office on 0121 359 9444, or visit www.oldreptheatre.co.uk (online booking fees apply).

About The Old Rep

The Old Rep is an elegant, intimate venue in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, dedicated to providing the public with a variety of high quality theatre, comedy and musical performances.

Built in 1913, the Old Rep was built as a permanent home for distinguished theatre director Barry Jackson’s Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company and was the first purpose-built repertory theatre in the UK.

The theatre is built on a small site between Station Street and Hinckley Street (Birmingham) necessitating a steeply raked auditorium which exists to this day, giving every seat in the house an excellent view of the stage. Many of the current features are original from the theatre’s first opening, which gives this venue a wonderful sense of authenticity and history.

The Old Rep is now run and managed by Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) and hosts a number of professional, student and amateur group performances including children’s theatre, classic British drama, live music, stand-up comedy and ballet.

 About Birmingham Ormiston Academy

BOA is an academy for the creative, digital and performing arts. Located in the heart of Birmingham, BOA is a regional academy admitting students not only from Birmingham, but also the surrounding metropolitan boroughs and wider West Midlands region including Coventry, Dudley, Solihull, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

BOA is sponsored by Ormiston Academies Trust, Birmingham City University with founding partners Maverick TV and the BRIT School.

The academy is located in a £25 million state-of-the-art building next to Millennium Point, geographically placed in an area at the hub of the digital and creative industries. It has superb facilities for academic, vocational and extra-curricular activities.

BOA is a free to attend academy, but the students are selected through attending aptitude workshops.