Welcome

Welcome to the Iris Classics Centre’s blog! The Iris Classics Centre, hosted at Cheney School, is a vibrant community learning venue for people of all ages to attend events, workshops, lessons, and exhibitions. The Centre opened in October 2013, and a schedule of events is available on our website. The Centre is founded and run…

Classical Monsters Summer School, 27 – 29 August 2019

We are delighted to be offering our fifth annual Classics Summer School this August at the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney School in Oxford. It will take place on the mornings of 27, 28 and 29th August. This year the summer school will be themed on classical monsters! The format for each day will be…

Dionysia Fest 2019

We are delighted to be holding our fourth annual Dionysia Festival on Friday 21st June, 9.30 – 12 at Corpus Christi College Auditorium. It will consist of a series of short scenes from ancient Greek plays performed by Year Eight students from Cheney School, followed by refreshments, and a twenty minute performance by theatre company…

Artemis: The Clouds (2019)

This is a Greek play written by Greek playwright Aristophanes. We have adapted this play to make it more enjoyable. We have five actors here to perform for you today. This play is about a stupid father who tries to avoid paying back his debts. This is the story of Strepsil. Cast: Strepsil, idiot father…

Apollo: Peace (2019)

Peace is a play written by Aristophanes in the 5th century BC to be viewed at the Dionysia, giant play festivals in Ancient Greece. It is about a farmer called Trygaeus trying to free the goddess Peace to end the wars ravaging the mortal world. Mounting on his flying motorcycle “Pegasus”, he meets benevolent gods…

Artemis: Peace (2019)

Our interpretation of ‘Peace’ by Aristophanes is meant to be more comedic than the original and have a modern twist. As we have a small cast we have multi-roled and used costumes and props to our advantage. We have enjoyed updating and creating our version of the play and learning about ancient theatre traditions throughout!…

Apollo: The Birds (2019)

Tired of their home city, Athenians Pithitaerus and Euelpides and Peisetaerus decide to travel to find a new place to live. They decide to visit Epops, once a human, but now king of the birds, and found their own city with him and his people. However, many things stand in their way: slave birds trying…

Apollo: The Clouds (2019)

Meet Pheidippides who loves horses very much. There’s his mum, Sophia who acts super cool but in reality she’s just very stupid. There are the clouds who have a very interesting song and dance. And then, there’s the philosopher, Socrates, who loves himself very much. Join us at the Corpus College Theatre to laugh your…

Artemis: The Birds

Birds is a story of two people who want to escape the political world on Earth. Pithetarus and Euripides heard of the birds and set of to find them. After a short discussion with The leader of the Bird choir, they get their wings and Pithetarus suggests building a great wall between America and Mexico…

Artemis: The Frogs (2019)

Frogs is a play about Dionysus the God of wine and his funny slave Xanthias. They go on a trip to the underworld to get a poet back from the dead because all the good poets are no longer with them. It is a comical adventure with a small modern twist. In the play they…

Apollo: The Frogs (2019)

This awe-inspiring Greek Play comes from the beginning of modern theatre. The character of Hades instils fear in the hearts of audiences but Dionysus’ frequent blunders give comic relief. A sense of the conflict between modern and old is given in the competitions between Aeschylus and Euripides, which gives a sense of reality to this…