Ancient Greek Myths Theseus and the Minotaur Class Play
One of a collection of Ancient Greek Myth Plays written by Sue Russell
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration: 10 - 15 minutes reading (this does not include music suggestions)
Monsters and heroes - not the easiest cast to deal with! But then Poseidon is more than man - sorry, make that - god enough to take this lot on!
This script can be used for performance purposes (Assembly in UK) or as a play to be read within the class room (as explained in Production Notes)
Also available (as separate purchase): This class play plus guided reading script (6 speakers) plus quiz (one of large collection of Ancient Greek scripts available from this writer – these are listed below)
Music 1 – El Matador Music
(Cast file into hall, in order of speaking, taking seats along two rows of fifteen facing the audience)
Poseidon: Welcome to this tale about
Music 2 Holding Out for a Hero – Bonnie Tyler (chorus)
(Theseus strides up and down, bracing his muscles and striking various ‘heroic postures’)
Theseus: A hero! That’s me, Theseus!
(Theseus gestures to cast to cheer)
(Whole cast cheers)
Music 3 Deeper Underground – Jamiroquai (chorus)
(Minotaur ‘skulks’ up and down, glaring at both cast and audience)
Minotaur: Me! The Minotaur!
(Minotaur ‘paws the ground’, snorts in anger and glares at cast who all boo)
Poseidon: Hmm. Quite a split! In fact
Theseus: (Interrupting) You could say, Good versus Evil!
Poseidon: (Glaring at Theseus) I could! But I’m not going to, if it’s all the same to you!
(To audience, aside) These heroes! Think they’re God’s Gift!
Theseus: Well, you may not have regarded me as a gift (pauses) Dad! (Pauses) But my other father did!
Aegeus: Ah Theseus, my son! There you are!
(To audience) I hope you haven’t been listening too much to this god, here (pointing at Poseidon). Gods! Way too much time on their hands and far too many off spring to show for it!
Poseidon: What was that?
Aegeus: Oh nothing, Poseidon! Just commenting on how creatively you fill your time. Truly awesome!
Poseidon: Well, as God of the Seas I guess I am rather (pauses) what did you say? Oh, awesome, that’s right! A shame not everyone was in such awe of me as you!
(Whole cast hisses and boos)
Minos: (Angrily) Hey! That’s no way to greet the King of Crete!
Aegeus: (Contemptuously) Pah! Some king you were!
Minos: (Laughing) Huh! And you were any better, oh great King of Athens? (Pauses) Now, just remind me. Who had to send human sacrifices to who?
Aegeus: (Exclaiming) Why, you evil, wicked, cruel, vindictive ..
Poseidon: (Interrupting) Yes, yes. I think we get it. You two didn’t like each other much, did you?
Aegeus: Oh I’ve barely started.
Minos: And what about you and your Athenian thugs? I think seven boys and seven girls every seven years was a small price to pay for what I lost.
(Music 4 Chariots of Fire – quick excerpt)
(Androgeus runs up and down in true Olympian style)
Minotaur: (Scowling) Oh look who it isn’t! Dad’s favourite!
Minos: Huh! A pity it wasn’t you that got slain at the hands of those Athenian yobs!
Minotaur: (Sarcastically) Thanks Dad. You never disappoint!
Poseidon: Indeed he doesn’t. This man has a great deal to answer for!
Ancient Greek Collection (a work in progress – adding on all the time!)
A: a set of Class Plays/Assemblies:
• Odysseus and the Cyclops
• Theseus and the Minotaur
• Tale of Two Spinners
• The Gorgon’s Head
• Pandora’s Box
B: These class plays/assemblies plus guided reading script e.g. Odysseus and the Cyclops Assembly/Class Play plus Odysseus and the Cyclops Guided Reading Script
C: Set of 5 Ancient Greek Myth Guided Reading Scripts – same titles as above, 6 speakers each with quizzes.
D: Set of Guided Reading Scripts twinned with their respective class plays/assemblies (from above list)
E: Ancient Greek Assembly - Based on Unit 14 (UK National Curriculum)
F: Ancient Greek Ideas Assembly - Based on Unit 15 (UK National Curriculum)
G: The Twelve Labours of Hercules Assembly
H: The Twelve New Labours of Hercules (PSHE/Citizenship: Hercules taught 12 important qualities by class of 30)
I: Superheroes Assembly - based loosely on 12 labours – used in PSHE/Citizenship context – Hercules trying to make superheroes of a rather unpromising lot!
J: Ancient Greeks Guided Reading Scripts - Meet the Ancient Greeks!