Why do we still retell Greek myths–what relevance do they have today?
Why are they still important to the modern Western World?
We’re excited to present three of the most loved and enduring Greek myths for free in partnership with Unicorn Theatre Online for School Years 3–7. This series of three new short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting writers have been creatively filmed and edited to bring theatre to life online for children. Directed by the Unicorn Theatre’s Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw, the films reinvent and reimagine the original myths enabling pupils to explore the resonances of Greek Myths to today’s world anew.
The three plays are:
Narcissus adapted by E.V. Crowe
King Midas & His Golden Touch adapted by Vanessa Kisuule
Theseus & the Minotaur adapted by Alexandra Wood
Greek Myths Unplugged is a perfect accompaniment to KS2 and KS3 lessons on Ancient Greece and will support critical thinking and a continuing discussion in the classroom and beyond.
Greek Myths Unplugged is developed with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator for Arts and Culture.
Creative Educational Resources
Accompanying each short play is additional video content that explores the stories from the perspective of the ‘Chorus’, written and performed by performance poet, Deanna Rodger, who directly addresses the viewers. The Chorus, creatively developed with children and teachers from partner schools, will guide us through each story exploring morals, ideas and themes. In addition, we are offering a free teacher pack with a series of class activities in which pupils become the Chorus as a way to explore the myths. Activities include curriculum-linked discussion topics and lesson plans on global mythology, providing a broader context of the myths.