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A trip to the Roman theatre

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Morning at last! I have been waiting for this day for so long. Today is March the 15th. Today is the day when the whole of Italy will celebrate the festival of Anna Perenna -the goddess of the year. I love festivals, because everyone is on holiday and all the citizens are forbidden to work or do business. I am thrilled because I am going to the theatre to see a play. I am very fortunate that my father has paid for the actors and producers to perform the play and he has also paid for the scenery and costumes. As well as this he has paid for all the citizens of Pompeii to come and watch the play. My father has given my mother and me a special token, which entitles us to sit on seats, which have been reserved especially for us, the tokens also enable us to go through a special entrance at the side of the theatre. I regularly go to the amphitheatre with my mother and father to see gladiatorial fights. We all find gladiatorial fights very entertaining, as they are aggressive and unpredictable. My favourite gladiator is Pugnax and my father's favourite is Pubilius Ostiorus. ...read more.


These people were creating a huge uproar. I proudly took out my token and handed it to the person standing at the special side entrance, he smiled at my mother and I and then allocated us a seat in the third row. I felt very honoured that I had the privilege of using my token and not having to wait to get into the theatre. The theatre looked enormous, magnificent and picturesque. It was an open-air theatre in the shape of a semi circle and the stage was elevated so that even the people in the last row were be able to see the actors. Behind the wooden stage there was some beautiful painted scenery. My father was sitting in the front row so I sat down next to him. The seat, which I was sitting on, was very hot due to the open-air theatre letting in the scorching heat of the sun. "Rufina dear you cannot sit here." said my father "Why not? " I asked. "Rufina this seat has been reserved for a very important town councillor and you are not allowed to sit right at the front of this theatre." But father why can't the town councillor sit somewhere else?" ...read more.


Other performers who could not be seen sang the chorus of the songs. The orchestra, which consisted of instruments such as the lyre, double pipes, trumpets and castanets accompanied the singing and dancing. While the performer was miming and dancing the pantomime many cries of admiration could be heard from the spectators. Between the play and the pantomime there was a break in which attendants came and sprinkled scented water on everyone. During the play it became very hot and so an awning was put over the theatre, this also happened at the gladiatorial shows, which I often attended. I found the play very amusing and interesting. The pantomime was delightful and I was amazed that the pantomime was acted out by one person who performed the mimes and dances of all the characters in the pantomime. The show ended late in the afternoon and my mother and I found Liviana and all our other slaves and slave girls and then we went back to our villa. I really enjoyed the play and pantomime. I enjoyed the show at the theatre more than I enjoy the gladiatorial fights at the amphitheatre. I would love to go to the theatre again and watch another play by Titus Maccius Plautus. Websites http://www.theatrehistory.com/ancient/roman.html http://www.angelfire.com/ut/latiniii/ http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/curriculum/soc_studies/rome/Rome.html http://www.didaskalia.net/StudyArea/romanstagecraft.html http://mail.greenwichacademy.org/~John_Howard/myweb/Sixweb/KateL/HOME.HTML http://www.kidinfo.com/World_History/AncientRome.html http://members.aol.com/Donnclass/Romelife.html#ENTER http://www.theatrehistory.com/ancient/plautus003.html Books Cambridge Latin Course Book One ...read more.

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