Katy Cawkwell, Storyteller Based in Devon

Tales of the Trojan Wars

"Excellent! Engaged the children's interest from the start... all ability and age ranges benefitted. Both children and teachers want a repeat visit as soon as possible"
Classics teacher, Bishopsgate School

"The girls loved it... I was so impressed by the fluency and passion of her words...I was particularly struck by how well the boys responded. To some the story of the Trojan War and the family of Greek gods were already familiar and their skeleton of knowledge was given very juicy flesh by Katy!"
Head of Classics, Berkhamsted School

"The girls were fascinated by the medium of storytelling and found the experience very refreshing. The empathy they were encouraged to develop with the characters led on to some interesting discussions and creative work, while their knowledge of the myths was consolidated and widened. This fits in very well with the Oxford Latin Course Book 1"
Classics teacher, Wycombe Abbey

A vivid, dramatic retelling of how the Trojan War began, how the Greeks were gathered, how Achilles killed Hector, how Troy fell and how Odysseus came home. Katy's narrative brings the old texts alive and paints a coherent picture of the over-arching story, helping students fit what they already know into context. It is an opportunity to open students up to an appreciation of Homer's epic poems as a gripping story and an exploration of war and its terrible consequences.

The performance illustrates the form of oral narrative: the purpose of repetition, alliteration, epithets and similes. It also demonstrates how a story shifts in the telling, how each narrator makes it his own whilst transmitting the essential action and character.

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The performance is in two 40min halves and can be supplemented with workshops to involve the students.

Katy has a first in Classics from Oxford and is familiar with a wide range of Greek myth and history which can be tailored to meet your needs. For example, she has retold stories from Herodotos at the Birmingham MAC, Theseus and the Minotaur for a Roundhouse Education project and recently performed Perseus at the National Gallery.