Aristophanes’ ‘Clouds’ in London next March

Thanks to Lizzie Sandis for this notice:

flytheatre presents
a dazzling new musical comedy

Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th March 2009
At The Bridewell Theatre, Fleet Street, London

Evening performances at 7pm
Matinee Thursday March 26th at 3.45pm


Idiotic bumpkin Strepsiades has a problem – he’s in terrible debt and his creditors are about to crunch. Only Socrates (philosopher, teacher, madman) can help.

Following last year’s hugely successful premiere, Clouds is back in London for one week only
Don’t miss this chance to see Aristophanes at his absurd best!

Follow this link for more information:

Special prices for Schools:
Tickets for schools (including for teachers) are priced at £8.50 each.
School groups can book tickets now via our group sales line:
Call 01568 613823 or email

Please note: this production contains strong language and sexual references.
(It is Aristophanes after all!)

EDUCATION PROGRAMME in association with the Oxford University Classics Outreach Programme

An education pack will shortly be available to download (free of charge) from the Clouds website: The pack will contain articles and essays by experts in Aristophanes, as well as notes on flytheatre’s adaptation of Clouds and ideas for follow-up lessons.

Pre-show Talks
There will be free pre-show talks on Aristophanes and ancient Greek theatre before the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening performances and the Thursday matinee.

Our in-school workshops can be tailored to your requirements and complement important modules in the Classical Civilisation, Drama, Theatre Studies and Ancient History syllabuses. More details will be available here soon and you can contact our Education Officer to make enquiries.

For more information on any of these events, or to enquire about a workshop, please contact our Education Officer, Simon Andrews, at

Antonine Wall – Professor David Breeze visits

Kirkintilloch Herald

Published Date: 05 November 2008
A SPECIAL visitor arrived in town last week to celebrate the Antonine Wall’s newly-awarded World Heritage Status.
Professor David Breeze, who prepared the World Heritage Status bid, toured Kirkintilloch’s Peel Park.

The park is the site of one of several Roman forts which were built long the 63km length of the wall from Old Kilpatrick in the West to Bo’ness in the East.

East Dunbartonshire councillors and council officers, who worked in partnership with Historic Scotland and neighbouring councils on the successful joint bid to UNESCO, joined the professor on the tour.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “In East Dunbartonshire we are proud of our heritage and we were delighted to play our part in impressing the UNESCO judges to have the Antonine Wall given the coveted status of a World Heritage Site.

“We are honoured that Professor Breeze from Historic Scotland attended our local celebration and we will continue to work with him and other partners to capitalise on the opportunities that the Antonine Wall’s new status brings us.”

Professor Breeze, who has written a book about the Antonine Wall, said: “East Dunbartonshire and the Antonine Wall have joined a very special group as there are only 850 World Heritage Sites.

“We now have many opportunities for improving access to the Antonine Wall, but also international understanding, especially about citizenship in today’s world.”

The event also saw the launch of a new leaflet with a detailed map all about Peel Park, its history and landmarks, including the Victorian bandstand and the war memorial. Copies are available from the Auld Kirk Museum, William Patrick Library and other council buildings.

Manifesto on the Classical languages

Seumas Macdonald from Australia posted, earlier this year, a manifesto on learning Classical languages. You can read it here. (It will download in rich text format).

Seumas has some very interesting things to say about Direct Method.