Roman Theatre

Roman Theatre

Roman Theatre (ages 12-13)

This scheme of work introduces students to the genre of Roman Theatre. The lesson workshops examine how the main areas of theatre – comedy, tragedy, mime and pantomime – developed their plots and use of stock characters. Drama forms taught include frozen pictures, rhyme, mime, exaggeration, soliloquy, chorus, slapstick comedy and creating and maintaining a character. Through practical workshops and their own independent learning, students gain an insight into how to develop appropriate storylines in the different styles of the genre.

This scheme of work contains 6 drama lesson plans.

  • Lesson 1: An Introduction to Roman Theatre. This lesson introduces the 4 main stock characters to the students, who learn their traits for use in two devised pieces.
  • Lesson 2: Roman Pantomime. The story of ‘Daedalus and Icarus’ is developed for the basis of a Roman Pantomime and the drama form of chorus is introduced as if reporting the story for the news.
  • Lesson 3: Roman Mime. A story taken from Roman Theatre is developed as a Roman mime. References to religion and people’s reactions to the plot give it a relevant social context.
  • Lesson 4: Roman Comedy. Starter activities to develop fast paced dialogue and humour kick off the lesson before using the story of ‘Perseus and Medusa’ as the basis for a Roman comedy.
  • Lesson 5: Roman Tragedy. A very serious tone and plot are explored and developed for this lesson based on Roman Tragedy. Flashbacks are used to help tell the tragic story of a bereaved father.
  • Lesson 6: Roman Theatre assessment. Lesson 6 is an assessment piece based on Roman Comedy. All key Drama forms learnt and revised in the topic are used to recreate their own story and characters and recorded for self-evaluation.

Supporting materials include

  • The Story of Daedalus and Icarus
  • The Story of Perseus and Medusa
  • 3 Powerpoint files
  • 1 Piece of Music

Additional resources are included in the appendices

  • Basic Drama Skills Sheet
  • End Of Unit Self-Assessment Form

The scheme of work is supplied as a downloadable zip file containing a PDF file, readable on most computers, 1 piece of music (in MP3 format) and 3 PowerPoint files.

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