Colchester Archaeology Talks present: Searching for the Colosseum’s backstage team

ONLINE TALK on April 15, 2021 at 19:30 – 20:30,  £10

They called it the Flavian Amphitheatre. We call it the Colosseum. In 80AD the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire was inaugurated with 100 days of Games. But the Games didn’t just happen. They were made. The backstage team of the Colosseum are never mentioned, yet a 50-70,000 seat amphitheatre could not possibly have staged Games on the scale we read about in historical sources without a large and complex team behind the scenes. How does an author of historical fiction go about recreating the invisible team at the heart of the most famous building left to us by Imperial Rome?

Join us online for a fundraising talk in aid of the Colchester Archaeological Trust with Melissa Addey, author of From the Ashes, first in a new series of four novels focused on the backstage team of the Colosseum. From initial ideas and research trips through to working with experts in the era to perfect minor details, as well as the reasons behind her fictional choices, Melissa will explore the history behind the storytelling. All ticket proceeds go to supporting the Colchester Archaeological Trust.

BUY TICKETS HERE for Melissa’s online talk at 7.30pm, Thursday 15 April 2021.

The money raised from this series of talks will allow the Trust to develop future self-sustaining income streams to support its valuable work.

Melissa Addey has a PhD in Creative Writing and was the Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence at the British Library. She writes historical fiction set in 11th century Morocco, 18th century China and 1st century Rome. She lives in London with her husband and two children. To read more about Melissa and explore her books, visit

From the Ashes is the first book in the Colosseum series, a quartet of novels following the fictional backstage team of the Flavian Amphitheatre facing dangers and rewards through the elements of fire, water, earth and air. It is available as an eBook and in paperback via Amazon, CLICK HERE.