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A colossal play event for young and old, rooted in ancient Rome.

Challenge your inner Centurion, playing 3000 year old board games and take part in Gladiatorial  “ROCK PAPER SCISSORS (to the death!) in our ‘Mini Colosseum’!

Game boards and pieces were found all over the empire. Using the research of RC Bell and other eminent historians we have recreated the games with beautiful, tactile design.

Our brilliant  Mini Colosseum playscape is brought to life by you the players. The public recreate the anticipation and excitement of ancient Rome, conducted by our expert facilitators.  Our theatrical battles cause a megalithic stir bringing laughter and drama to your street.

ROMANS! also features knucklebones, dice games and areas for younger players to make up their own games.

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Supported by the Council for British Archeology and Historic England through the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company for their Rome MMXVII season

Images by Jack Offord



Game specification:

  • Players: 2-300+ over course of session

  • Durational activity, board games and interactive theatre

  • Indoor / Outdoor

  • Footprint: 5 trestle tables plus coliseum 250 cm diameter- comfortably fill a small public square

  • Suitable for all ages, particularly good for grandparents too

  • Can be hired as just board games or whole thing

The children loved every minute. Not realising that they were learning while playing.
— Mhairi Smith, Gloucester History Festival