The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

THIS REHEARSED READING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Synopsis

As portrayed in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Penelope – wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy – has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus’ epic adventures around the Mediterranean – slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer’s original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope’s twelve maids.

Cast

  • Kerry Clarke – Penelope 1
  • Ify Ugboma – Penelope 2
  • Joanne Tanner – Penelope 3
  • Rachel Smith – Icarius
  • Emma Crocombe – The Oracle
  • Jools Hutchings – Odysseus
  • Wendy Cummings – Naiad Mother
  • Lisa Bath – Laertes
  • Kanan Barot – Anticleia
  • Kate Parry – Eurycleia
  • Judith Moeckell – Helen
  • Barbara Barnes – Telemachus
  • Caitlin Carey – Melantho
  • Jenni Hardwick – Antinous
  • Kim Goldsmith – Maid/Suitor
  • Gabi Chamberlain – Maid/Suitor
  • Janina Conboye – Maid/Suitor

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