Ancient Greek Myths Odysseus and the Cyclops Assembly and Guided Reading Script
Guided Reading Script
10 mins reading time (not including quiz)
Poseidon: God of the Seas, and Father of Polyphemus
Greek warrior 1
Greek warrior 2
Poseidon: So what’s this I hear about my son being blinded by a mere mortal?
Polyphemus: ‘Tis true, father. A despicable act if ever there was one! (Sneering) And by a so-called hero!
Odysseus: That would be me! Victor of the Trojan war.
Greek warrior 1: Er, not single-handed, I think.
Greek warrior 2: No, there were one or two others of us in that famous Trojan horse.
Polyphemus: In that famous horse? I hope there was no cruelty involved. My dad’s very keen on horses.
Odysseus: And you, on sheep! But that didn’t stop you eating them!
Greek warriors1&2: Or us!
Odysseus: So much for the sacred rules of hospitality!
Assembly or Class Play
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration - around 10 to 15 minutes reading time (around 20 with addition of music)
Poseidon: (Tutting) Son! Really! That was rather greedy, even by your standards!
Polyphemus: (Muttering sulkily) But I didn’t eat them all in one go!
Odysseus: (Sarcastically) Oh that was very good of you!
Polyphemus: Well, thank you!
Poseidon: No, I think he’s being sarcastic, son! The lowest form of wit. But something tells me, not quite low enough for you!
Odysseus: (To Polyphemus) So come on! What have you got to say in your defense? Surely you don’t want your old man thinking you have the table manners of a monster?
Polyphemus: (Spluttering) Well, I er,
Ancient Greek 5: You just fancied a change from lamb stew, right?
Polyphemus: (Beaming) Oh that’s right! Indeed I did!
Ancient Greek 6: I expect lamb gets pretty boring night after night?
Polyphemus: Oh you’re right!
Ancient Greek 7: So we made a pleasant change to your diet?
Polyphemus: (Slapping his large belly, fondly) Well, I’d hardly call it a diet!
Poseidon: (Groaning) Oh son! How did I produce such a numpty as you?
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