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Workshops - The Greeks at War
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MATRIX THEATRE
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THE GREEKS AT WAR (1 hr.)
This workshop is available signed

The mortals are welcomed by the Gods on mount Olympus. They are escorted to Sparta by two Gods, where they are enrolled into a Spartan camp. The rigorous training and sparse food bring home the harsh way of life for a Spartan, be they men or women.

We meet King Leonides a brave, skilful and powerful leader. Due to the Spartan lifestyle and beliefs, King Leonides leads his army into a battle they can not win.

We travel then to Athens and experience a different way of life. An early form of democracy has been established and the people of Athens need to cast their vote with regard to important issues that will affect them all. Pericles and Themistocles propose various ideas at an Assembly and we see Athens becoming the most powerful city state. Boats are built and battles fought. We also enter the wonderful world of Greek Theatre. So the rise and fall of Athens is relived.

During this workshop the children are involved in the following activities, training the Spartan way, running, team games, walking on paper without being heard. They need to write up the city rules for Athens, decorate pots and shields, make greaves, decorate brooches and make jewellery. Some children will have lines to read, but every child plays a role and gets the chance to dress up.
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Mrs Tubb (West Ashtead School)
Excellent workshop, covered all points of Ancient Greek with plenty of acting and participation. Children gained so much from this and are now enthralled to start our topic.