Homer's Iliad to become an epic online performance
One of the ancient world's longest poems, The Iliad, is set for a marathon performance this summer as part of a festival celebrating ancient Greek culture.

One of the ancient world’s longest poems, The Iliad, is set for a marathon performance this summer as part of a festival celebrating ancient Greek culture.

Theatre director Rupert Goold plans to bring Homer’s epic to life with the help of 50 star names from the worlds of the arts, academia and politics.

The event will begin at the British Museum in London on 14 August and continue into the night at the Almeida Theatre.

Every word of the 15,000 line poem, about the fall of Troy, will be spoken.

The whole thing will also be streamed online - for 15 hours. “It’s all or nothing,” Goold told the BBC.

HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse at Singapore, shortly before their demise at the hands of Japanese bombers off the coast of Malaysia. Seven months earlier Prince of Wales had exchanged blows with the German battleship Bismarck, sailing through the wreckage of HMS Hood. She and Repulse sank on 10 December 1941 after a two hour running battle with Japanese bombers.

The Royal Navy battleship HMS Anson alongside in Sydney, some time in 1945; on 15th August that year she accepted the Japanese surrender of Hong Kong. The image is one of the best I have seen for illustrating the immense main belt armour of the King George Vs. At 15 inches thick it was 3 inches greater than that of the Iowa’s, second only to the Yamato and her sister Musashi in quantity. In quality however it far surpassed them, face hardened to around 600-Brinell, British armour designers reduced something called the scaling effect without loss to the frontal face’s ability to break up incoming shells, making it some of the most resistant armour in the world.


Billy Waters - Soldier, Actor and Musician

As well as highly acclaimed professional musicians like Joseph Emidy and George Bridgetower, there were Black street buskers who entertained London’s public. Billy Waters, a fiddler, was one such character and a common sight outside the Adelphi Theatre, in the Strand, in the 1780s. Identifiable by his wooden leg and military-style outfit, he was famously caricatured by the cartoonist George Cruickshank. 

Billy Waters may have ended up on the streets of London as one of the Black poor who had fought in the American War of Independence. From workhouse records, it seems that Billy became ill and spent his final days at St Giles’s Workhouse where he was elected ‘the king of beggars’. A verse from his will reads:

                   Thus poor Black Billy’s made his Will,
                   His Property was small good lack,
                   For till the day death did him kill
                   His house he carried on his back.
                   The Adelphi now may say alas!
                   And to his memory raise a stone:
                   Their gold will be exchanged for brass,
                   Since poor Black Billy’s dead and gone.

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