Last night around 75 volunteers had their first dress rehearsal for new aerial show Naumachia
, which is to be performed on Friday and Saturday night from the theatre ship Naumon, which is moored at Spiller's Quay.
The Spartans apparently intended to fight a naumachia
with the Athenians inside the bay and therefore stationed hoplites on the island of Sphakteria.
As Lancashire shows, in the hundreds or thousands of plays, pageants, parades, mummings, variety acts and naumachia
exhibited to Londoners and their guests in the 1500 years before the advent of the Elizabethan public theatres, religion had a minor influence and the Church had no apparent role at all: costumes in London from Roman times through to 1558 were as likely to be designed and built for classical figures like Heracles, Hector and Troilus as for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
was confined mostly to the "Aquatic Theater" at Sadler's Wells, which also happens to have been the venue where Dibdin's and Grimaldi's pantomimic lampoons of the driving mania, Fashion's Fools and Bang-Up
Sceve's contribution, along with that of his fellow humanists Guillaume du Choul and Barthelemy Aneau, is set against a tableau based on painstaking archival research that reveals such gems as the fact that the workmen engaged to build boats for the naumachia
had to be bribed with wine to work faster, and that the representatives of the colonies of foreign merchants were gathered together only after being threatened with the gallows.
Augustus, after all, was hailed Soter in Athens, -- was initiated at Eleusis; put up that little but noticeable Ionic monopteros behind the Parthenon; re-enacted Athens versus Persia at his naumachia
playground in Trastevere, sublimating his own `victory' over the Parthians; had Erechtheum-style Caryatids in his Forum .
was launching The Sage Gateshead's SummerTyne festival but the weather was having none of that.
This show, Naumachia
, will feature daring imagery and effects including giant puppets, projections on to screens, live music, massive moving structures and a giant web with 60 aerialists hanging over the action.