Greek Myths Unplugged

Why do we still retell Greek myths – what relevance do they have today?

Why are they still important to the modern Western World?

We’re excited to present three of the most loved and enduring Greek myths for free in partnership with Unicorn Theatre Online for School Years 3 to 7.

This series of three new short plays by some of the UK’s most exciting writers have been creatively filmed and edited to bring theatre to life online for children. Directed by the Unicorn Theatre’s Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw, the films reinvent and reimagine the original myths enabling pupils to explore the resonances of Greek Myths to today’s world anew.

Creative Educational Resources For Schools

Each tale below has been specifically adapted for all young audience but is also a perfect accompaniment to KS2 and KS3 lessons on Ancient Greece and will support critical thinking and a continuing discussion in the classroom and beyond.

Accompanying each short play is additional video content that explores the stories from the perspective of the ‘Chorus’, written and performed by performance poet, Deanna Rodger, who directly addresses the viewers.

The Chorus, creatively developed with children and teachers from partner schools, will guide us through each story exploring morals, ideas and themes.

In addition, we are offering a free teacher pack with a series of class activities in which pupils become the Chorus as a way to explore the myths. Activities include curriculum-linked discussion topics and lesson plans on global mythology, providing a broader context of the myths.

Free Teacher Pack

The Prologue

Jessie and the Jellybeans

Based on King Midas & His Golden Touch adapted by Vanessa Kisuule
Jelly beans! Everywhere! If you could wish for anything and it was sure to come true, what would
you wish for? Jessie gets given the Midas touch, and realises getting everything you ever asked for
might not be so golden after all.

Ariadne on the Beach

Based on Theseus & the Minotaur adapted by Alexandra Wood
There comes a time in our lives when doing the right thing can mean sacrificing everything you’ve
ever known. As Ariadne makes a choice and saves Theseus from the Minotaur, her world will never
be the same again.


Adapted by E.V. Crowe
There’s taking a picture of yourself and then there is taking the picture of yourself. The perfect picture can be taken a million different ways. From selfies to filters, how would Narcissus fair in 2022? In one anonymous hotel room, armed with a smartphone, she’s about to find out.

The Epilogue

Greek Myths Unplugged is developed with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Digital Accelerator for Arts and Culture.