Troy Story with Natalie Haynes

Join us for a very special Christmas comedy night, featuring Natalie Haynes (OE 1993), Star of the BBC Radio 4 series, Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics and Asyia Iftikhar (OE 2018).

Natalie will be bringing her unique combination of ancient history and stand-up comedy to King Edward VI High School.

Natalie spent 12 years as a stand-up comedian, before returning to her first love with her book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. To coincide with her latest novel, A Thousand Ships, she will take audiences on a tour around Trojan War, the greatest conflict in ancient literature, perhaps in literature full stop. From the causes of the war (divine displeasure) to its complex aftermath, this show encompasses some of the greatest poetry ever written: The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Oresteia, The Trojan Women and much more. The stories of the women whose lives the war affected have been largely untold, from the Amazon warrior, Penthesilea, to the priestess who saw the whole thing coming, Cassandra. Continuing a project she began with her novel, The Children of Jocasta, Natalie takes the women out of the shadows and puts them back where they belong: in the middle of the story.

Asyia Iftikhar, will be our warm-up comedian for the evening and will be sharing her experiences of University, where she studies Classics, as well as her thoughts on everyday life. Asyia will also be making her debut this year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This will all be accompanied by festive music from Grace Mupanemunda (OE 2015), nibbles and drinks, giving you the opportunity to network with old friends!