Last month we went with The Iris Project to Bayards Hill School in Oxford, to film the school’s performances of Aristophanes’ Birds and Frogs, and to interview some of the kids about the plays. Here’s a few words about the project from Iris founder, Lorna Robinson:


“For the easter and summer terms 2011 sixty eleven year olds from the Barton estate in east Oxford have been taking part in The Iris Project’s ancient theatre project. They’ve learned about ancient theatre and its importance to ancient Greek civilisation in a series of workshops, and this culminated in a double-bill performance of Aristophanes’ Birds and Frogs! The ancient theatre project started life in 2007, when we piloted the project with a couple of schools in Hackney, and since then we’ve run it every year. It’s always such a fun project to run, as the children really get excited at putting on a performance in front of a large audience, and they always grasp the themes of the ancient plays really well. This year was particularly challenging, but the children really rose to the challenge, and we’re really proud at how much effort they put in, and hope they will remember their encounter with Aristophanes’ comedy for the rest of their lives!”