Seizing the Day in Pompeii: A visit from Dr Paul Roberts

This week, we were very excited to launch our first ever Rumble Museum Council. A group of 15 students from Years Eight, Nine and Ten, met for a breakfast meeting to begin their journey as students closely connected with the direction and development of the museum at Cheney School. The Museum Council will take part…

Roman Headington: Author Talk by Linda Proud, 27th September

On Friday 27th September, we are delighted to welcome author Linda Proud to the classics centre to deliver a talk on Roman Headington. Linda Proud is a historical fiction author; her novels include The Boticelli Trilogy and Chariot of the Soul. The talk will run from 6 to 6.30pm followed by questions and booksigning. We…

Ancient Monsters take over at Iris Summer School!

On the mornings of 27th, 28th and 29th August, the Iris Classics Centre at Cheney ran its fifth annual summer school! This year, it was themed on Classical Monsters, and featured a range of mythical monsters and activities alongside introductions to Latin and ancient Greek for fifty 7 to 14 year olds. Day one was…

Dionysia Fest 2019

On 21st June, 33 Year 8 Latinists visited the beautiful auditorium at Corpus Christi College to perform scenes from Ancient Greek comedies which they had chosen and adapted. Eight groups worked on scenes from Aristophanes’ Frogs, Birds, Clouds and Peace (from scripts translated and adapted by Graham Kirby), making their own props and costumes, as well as producing…

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…