THE PLAYSThe stories are based on modern, classical and historical themes, with the historical plays being accurately researched.
New plays on themes not listed can be commissioned, and existing plays can be adapted to particular topics as required.
THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS
Ten stories about the war between Greece and Troy and Odysseus’ return home many years later. These plays can be performed either in sequence or as individual items. They link well with the play “The Return of the Hero”. Each exciting story is portrayed with dramatic costumes, masks, mime and play performance.
The plays have been adapted from the original Ancient Greek in collaboration with Edwin Hunt, classicist.
The plays in this series last 20 – 30 minutes each.
“Mary’s stories are very close to the original [Greek] myths in content but have been suitably adapted for school students. This makes them particularly accessible for students of Classics. The performances are enlivened by her clever use of costume, variety of accents and vocabulary to represent the different characters she portrays and very clear voice projection — Our students responded very positively to her plays.”
Head of Classics High Storrs School, Sheffield
A Greek soldier, Philoctetes was abandoned on an island on the way to Troy. Later, when the Greeks were losing the war, it was predicted that only Philoctetes could save them. Odysseus and Diomedes were sent to fetch him. His arrival on the battlefield makes a dramatic and exciting story.
On the way home from Troy Odysseus puts in first at the island of Ismarus, and then at the island of the Cyclops, where with the greatest difficulty he finally escapes from this man-eating, one-eyed giant.
Circe has many magical powers one of which is to change men into wild animals. She transforms Odysseus’ sailors into pigs but not Odysseus. This puts her in his power. He persuades Circe to turn the pigs back into men and they all live with Circe for many months.
Odysseus’ sailors offend the Sun god, Hyperion, and are punished by drowning in a storm at sea. Only Odysseus survives, but as he is swimming for his life, the sea monster Charybdis sees him and is determined to catch him in her whirlpool and watch him drown!
CLASSICAL GREEK SERIES
The plays in this series last one hour each.
“With Mary’s Greek stories you get the facts of the original Greek story not a half true simplified version for children”
“The plays are easy for all ages to understand”
Comments from a pupils at Crich Carr Primary School Matlock Derbyshire sent by Anne Punchard, Headteacher
HISTORY ALIVE SERIES
The plays in this series based on modern and historical themes and are accurately researched. New plays on themes not listed can be commissioned.
The plays in this series last between 45 minutes – 1 hour.
The plays, ‘totally engaged the children. High levels of attention, concentration, interest, excitement, anticipation, and awe and wonder were maintained throughout’.
Veronica Anderson, Art and design co-ordinator Godshill Primary School Ventnor Isle of Wight