Just returned from a quick visit to Ontario, mostly to visit my daughter before life sweeps her away from me again. She is the quintessential adventure girl, and has plans to head off to a dig in the Middle East this summer before resuming her studies in the UK.
But this week was all about the Greeks, as she and her fellow Queen’s University Classics students presented Thesmophoriasuzae, a play written by Aristophanes. The play centres around the ladies who meet to worship Demeter, and to complain about their treatment at the hands of Euripides, whom they feel fills his written work with negative stereotypes and lies about them.
While they plot his revenge, he seeks the aid of a kinsman to infiltrate the ranks of the women and see what nefarious plans they are hatching. The play is funny and naughty and filled with boys playing girls playing boys and clear evidence that the concept of farce in the theatre is of long-standing tradition. I had great fun taking shots of this marvellous production — you can see most of ’em here on my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8390944@N02/sets/72157629778024649/ [Bear in mind that there are a few — uh– comedically visible, unrealistically-sized bits of anatomy, so NSFOTW*, okay?]
The kids did everything, from raising funds to produce the play with bake sales to designing and building their own sets, costumes and the magnificent masks that just made the whole event. A labour of love for all involved. Massive fun, and a most excellent last day of classes for one undergrad I know.
Enjoy the pictures!