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Lord Marlesford and Sir John Waite perform with pupils in Woodbridge School’s mythological courtroom drama

PUBLISHED: 15:22 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:36 25 January 2018

Sir John Waite in character for The Trial of Paris with Woodbridge School pupils and head of classics Anne Wright, Head of Classics. Picture: BIG FISH PHOTOGRAPHY

Sir John Waite in character for The Trial of Paris with Woodbridge School pupils and head of classics Anne Wright, Head of Classics. Picture: BIG FISH PHOTOGRAPHY

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A Suffolk peer and former Lord Justice of Appeal brought a sense of verisimilitude to a school courtroom drama.

Lord Marlesford in character as a judge in The Trial of Paris play with Woodbridge School pupils. Picture: BIG FISH PHOTOGRAPHYLord Marlesford in character as a judge in The Trial of Paris play with Woodbridge School pupils. Picture: BIG FISH PHOTOGRAPHY

Lord Marlesford and Sir John Waite donned wigs and gowns to perform alongside Woodbridge School students in The Trial of Paris last week.

Written by Anne Wright, the school’s head of classics, the play is described as a “crossover between Greek mythology and courtroom drama”.

It sees Paris of Troy on trial for starting the Trojan War, with pupils playing barristers and witnesses, including Aphrodite and Zeus.

Lord Marlesford, President of the Suffolk Preservation Society, joined the young cast on stage in character as a judge for the first performance, while Sir John took on the role for the second performance, bringing his experience as a former Lord Justice of Appeal.

Ms Wright said: Anne Wright said: “I am incredibly proud of the cast, who were utterly convincing, and I should like to thank our judges for their thought-provoking comments about the importance of the rule of Law.”

Woodbridge School teaches a range of classics, including Latin, classical Greek and classical civilisation.

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