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Thursday, 12 March 2015 (3063528)
Actors invited to Olympia
by Tom Martin

ASPIRING actors from a Crosby school who have won rave reviews for their performance of a Greek tragedy have now been invited to perform it in Olympia.

Youngsters from St Mary's College have gained many plaudits for their modern version of the 2,500-year-old play Ajax, by Sophocles, and will jet off to Greece to perform it on home soil.

The production will take place at a festival organised by a foundation created in memory of famous Greek film director, Michael Cacoyannis.

The famous Sophocles play focuses on the tragedy of great but flawed hero Ajax who descends into madness amid the horror of war.

In the St Mary’s production, the setting was updated to the Vietnam War, with an on-stage band performing protest songs from the time to reinforce the play’s modern message about the mental damage that war can inflict on individuals.

This bold move by the play’s directors, teachers Nancy Moore and Helen Orrett, was praised by reviewers who described the production as ‘a dramatic and moving interpretation’ of the tragedy that was ‘compelling and gripping’.

There were also plaudits for 17-year-old Patrick Travers, who played the title role, with reviews noting his ‘commanding physical presence on stage’ and the ‘powerful and moving way’ he conveyed Ajax’s inner turmoil.

Similarly, 17-year-old Courtney Greaves-Williams, who played the main female role of Tecmessa, was praised for bringing ‘an emotional depth and maturity' to the part, demonstrating both her character’s vulnerability and her inner strength.

Recently the actors put on a performance at the University of Liverpool, with a packed out Stanley Theatre enjoying the show.

Nancy Moore said: “This production was an outstanding success thanks to the talent, hard work and commitment of the cast, the musicians and all our backstage crew.

”It was the students’ decision to perform Ajax, based on their Classics A-level last year, and as the production came together it became clear that the play’s chilling message is still as relevant today as it was 2,500 years ago.“


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