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*Deadline Extended*

Win £250 

with a scene from



Playing Medea


A student competition

supported by the Classical Association and the Center for Hellenic Studies

Out of Chaos is launching a new competition for pupils aged 14-18 in the United Kingdom!

When the world went into lockdown in March we started a project in conjunction with the Center for Hellenic Studies: reading scenes from a different Greek tragedy every week with actors drawn from across the world. The series is called Reading Greek Tragedy Online, and we’re on a mission to read every extant tragedy before the end of 2020.

We’ve discovered a lot about these plays by performing them - and now it’s your turn!

Here’s how it works:

You record a scene from Medea and submit it to us by the 26th March 2021. Our prestigious panel of judges will watch all submissions and then announce the winners in April 2021.


Thanks to generous funding from the Classical Association, we are able to offer a first prize of £250 and a trophy, with two second place prizes of £125 each.

Every entry will receive a participation prize! 

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We welcome entries from pupils aged 14-18 in the United Kingdom. We’re using John Harrison’s fabulous translation, and you can choose from the following passages:

259-344 Creon and Medea 

399-424 Chorus

556-608 Medea and Jason

892-944 Medea and Jason (& children and tutor)

991 – 1050 Medea

1226 – 1271 Chorus and children

You record whichever scene particularly grabs you and send it to us by 26th March. You should do this uploading your video to Vimeo or Youtube on a password-protected or private link and then sending that link to


We welcome entries which are recorded entirely on zoom, or recordings of groups who are able to share the same space.  Groups can enter multiple times, but each actor can appear in only one submission.

Emma Pauly has created a dramaturgy pack which we think will be really helpful when you’re thinking about how to stage the scenes. It includes information about the play, its characters and its production history.

You will also enjoy consulting the Medea ebook created by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama.

First prize of £250

Two runner-up prizes of £125

Director of Outreach - Amy Pistone

Host and Faculty consultant - Joel Christensen

Artistic director - Paul O’Mahony

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Watch our online readings of Greek Tragedy here: 

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