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Classics Society: Watch This Space!

There are exciting times in store for Royal Holloway’s Classics Society. In the coming weeks they will be putting on their production of Lysistrata, taking part in Classics Day and will continue to host their weekly socials.
Classics society take part in a variety of activities together. Not only do they organise performances of ancient plays, enjoy movie nights and a themed night out or two, but as a society they are also very proactive in fundraising and volunteering.
One of the most popular nights out the society hosts,  is the toga pub-crawl where the society don togas and celebrate their passion for the ancient world. However, it’s not only for nights out that the togas make an appearance. During this terms RAG Week, Classics Society had a sponsored toga day, where members wore brightly coloured togas to stand out around campus and try to raise as much money as possible.
The Equinox Ball was held by Classics Society on January 23rd. The Ball was a great success and raised over £1000 for the Malala fund. It was an opportunity for members of the society and friends to enjoy an elegant evening in black tie with all money from ticket sales and donations going to the fund.
Raising money for charities is something which Classics Society are prolific at. Last term they held a “Day of the Dead” event in which they held a raffle, organised games and offered face painting in the traditional style of ‘Dia de los Muertos’ with money raised going to Make A Wish Foundation. As well as this, 8 members of the society took part in “The Big Sleep Out”, sleeping in a fort made of cardboard boxes. Despite the fort collapsing, they managed to stay the whole night and raise £500 for Trinity Homeless Projects.
On the 4th of March Classics Society are collaborating with the Classics department to hold Classics Day. There will be performances, debates and activities run for children from local schools. One of the key aims of this day is to promote the study of classics and as this date is also an open day, this promises to be a big event for the society.
This term Classics Society are preparing to put on their production of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Directed by Serran Aziz and co-directed by Barney Nunn, the comedy is all about one woman trying to put an end to the Peloponnesian war by convincing the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands until they have negotiated peace. The cast started rehearsals at the beginning of February and have been putting lots of hours to be prepared for opening night on the 2nd of March. With the show running for three nights, it promises to be an entertaining spectacle and definitely one to watch!