Ludi Scaenici 2014
Yesterday afternoon, we welcomed six schools from the region to compete in the 37th annual ‘Ludi Scaenici’, a regional Latin Drama Competition for those in the early stages of learning Latin.
Each school was required to enter a cast to perform an original Latin play of around five minutes in length; the plays must be written in the vocabulary and using the grammar introduced in the first book of the Cambridge Latin Course (CLC).
Our own entry was entitled “duae fabulae”, and was performed by a cast of Year 7 and 8 pupils. The plot saw Caecilius, the main character of CLC Book 1, asked to judge a competition between two plays – one about the Trojan War, the other about the Judgement of Paris – but unfortunately his co-judge was a rival, which led to some unfortunate incidents!
Ultimately the two visiting judges awarded the coveted trophy to Norwich High School (whose play was based around a gladiatorial show), but praised the performances of our young actors and actresses – all of whom seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselves!