Meet The Romans, Unit 6A
Meet The Romans is a set of 5 plays, 6 speakers each, with a quiz. Each play introduces a different aspect of Roman life.
Meet The Romans. Play 1 – Introduction Speakers: Julius Caesar, Emperor Claudius, General, Celts 1, 2 and 3
Claudius: And your spiky white hair? Did you really think we’d take one look at you and run?
Celt 3: Well that’s what happened with my first wife!
Caesar: I wonder why! No, we might have worn white dresses
Celt 1: What? Borrowed from your wives?
Celt 2: I told you they were a funny lot!
Celt 3: Call themselves men, indeed!
Caesar (coughing): Let me fini-sh!
Celt 1: OK. So we’ve had the Veni, Vidi, Vici speech. Get on with it, man! Sometime this month, would be good!
Meet The Romans. Play 2: Different Lifestyles of Celts and Romans Speakers: Roman 1, 2 & 3; Celts 1,2 and 3
Roman 1: But even these didn’t compare with our villas. Lots of rooms, around a courtyard, with verandahs overlooking the gardens. And those mosaics on our floors – they were to die for!
Celt 2: Huh! A few bits of chipped tile stuck together on the floor. To die for! How sad are you!
Roman 2: Well, it wasn’t just the way our floors were decorated. We had our floors and walls heated by a hypocaust. No smoke-filled room like you lot had to put up with. Our heating system was far more sophisticated!
Celt 3: A lot of hot air, you can say that again. Do these Romans never tire of the sound of their own voices?
Romans (together): No!
Meet The Romans. Roman 3: But don’t worry. You’ve got 400 years to get used to it!
Play 3: Boudicca – Life, key events of rebellion and different interpretationsSpeakers: Boudicca, King Prasutagus, Roman General, Roman Soldier, Celt 1 & 2.
Celt 2: Long live our new queen!
Roman soldier: They cannot be serious! A woman leader? I don’t think so! It’s time this one learnt her place! Men! Take her to her house and punish her for her impudence! Do not spare her daughters either.
Roman General: And don’t forget to take everything that belongs to the Iceni.
Boudicca (angrily): But your promise to my late husband?
Roman General: If he’s late, that’s his problem. I like being on time – especially when it comes to breaking my promises!
Meet The Romans. Play 4: The Roman Army Speakers: Roman 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
Roman 3: No, no. Don’t you remember those hours of practising our moves?
Roman 4: You mean on the dance floor?
Roman 5: No. We’re soldiers, remember. Not performers!
Roman 6: Yes, serious stuff. If just one of us moved out of turn, we could all end up in a heap!
Meet The Romans. Play 5 Roman Gods Speakers: Jupiter, Neptune, Pluto, Mars, Mercury, Minerva.
Mars: My lovely Venus, goddess of love and beauty! How lucky to have her as my wife, and then Cupid as my son!
Mercury: Huh! Little love-god indeed! Little rascal more like! I mean, what kind of a mother lets her son go out shooting arrows from his bow, blind-folded?
Also available, a collection of plays on Myths and Legends from Different Civilizations