Ancient Civilisations Assembly – The Bigger Picture: When? and Where?
Cast size: 30 (easily adjustable up or down). Duration: Around 15 mins not including music suggestions
Ancient Civilisations Assembly is based on six ancient civilisations – that is, the four river civilisations:
- Sumer (Mesopotamia)
- India (Indus Valley)
It is a summary of places and dates to give the ‘Bigger Picture’.
Music 1 The Who – Who are You?
(Children file in, in speaking order, seating themselves along two rows of fifteen, facing the audience)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Ancient Civilisations!
Child 1: So you’ve all heard of
Child 2: The Ancient Sumer Civilisation
Child 3: The Ancient China Civilisation
Child 4: The Indus Valley Civilisation
Child 5: The Ancient Egypt Civilisation
Child 6: The Ancient Greece Civilisation
Child 7: The Ancient Rome Civilisation
Child 8: (To Audience) Right?
Narrator: (To Audience) Can we hear that again? You didn’t sound very sure. You have all heard of these famous ancient civilisations, right?
(Narrator waits for response from audience)
Narrator: (Pulling a face) Excellent! I can see our work here is done!
(Narrator starts to walk away; Child 9 runs after him/her)
Child 9: Wait! What are you doing? They (pointing to audience) might have heard of these ancient civilisations. And they could probably tell you a few facts about each.
Child 10: Like, er … Ancient Egypt had pyramids!
Child 11: And, er … Julius Caesar didn’t die in his sleep!
Child 12: And, um, … there were some pretty weird creatures in Ancient Greek Myths
Child 13: Like flying horses
Child 14: And nasty ladies with snakes instead of hair
Child 15: And
Narrator: (Interrupting) Yes, yes! Your point being?
Child 16: Well I bet there aren’t too many in the audience who could say which civilisation came first?
Child 17: Or which was the largest?
Child 18: Or where in the world the Sumerians were based?
Child 19: Or when they peaked?
Child 20: Or … oh so many things!
Narrator: (Scratching head) Hmm. You may be right.
Child 21: It’s one thing to know these ancient civilisations existed but ..
Child 22: Well, it’s all a bit vague isn’t it?
Child 23: Especially on the when and where front, right?
Child 24: So how about we try to paint a complete picture
Narrator: You mean, cover all six civilisations?
Child 25: Why not?
Narrator: (Looking at watch) Well, there’s the small matter of how long this will all take?
Child 26: Easy! We’ll be done
Narrator: Before midnight?
Child 27: (Laughing) Way before midnight!
Child 28: I mean, all we want to give you today
Child 29: Is ..
Whole Cast: (Together) The bigger picture!
(Whole cast cheers)
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