7–17 July 2021

Produced by Crouching Giraffe Productions in association with papermoon theatre Directed by Kate Blackhurst Penelope, the wise and patient wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, has passed beyond the veil of death. From Hades – the land of the dead – Penelope can see everything about her past and present, including her historical reputation as a perfectly faithful wife. However, she is haunted by the blood on her hands: the deaths of her twelve maids who were slaughtered by Odysseus under false pretences. Begging the audience not to follow in her footsteps, Penelope re-tells the story of The Odyssey from her point of view through a series of visions spanning her life. This is an all-female cast of thirteen actors in which the women play all the parts, both the maids at the centre of the play and the male characters who control and abuse them. With tight choral vocals, original choreography and passionate interpretations, we ask (along with Margaret Atwood), what led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?

Show details:

Synopsis

7–17 July 2021

Produced by Crouching Giraffe Productions in association with papermoon theatre
Directed by Kate Blackhurst

Penelope, the wise and patient wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, has passed beyond the veil of death. From Hades – the land of the dead – Penelope can see everything about her past and present, including her historical reputation as a perfectly faithful wife. However, she is haunted by the blood on her hands: the deaths of her twelve maids who were slaughtered by Odysseus under false pretences. Begging the audience not to follow in her footsteps, Penelope re-tells the story of The Odyssey from her point of view through a series of visions spanning her life.

This is an all-female cast of thirteen actors in which the women play all the parts, both the maids at the centre of the play and the male characters who control and abuse them. With tight choral vocals, original choreography and passionate interpretations, we ask (along with Margaret Atwood), what led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to?

Dates

Wednesday 7 July 2021, 7.30pm – Preview Performance

Thursday 8 July 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 9 July 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 10 July 2021, 7.30pm

Sunday 11 July 2021, 2pm

Wednesday 14 July 2021, 7.30pm

Thursday 15 July 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 16 July 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 July 2021, 2pm & 7.30pm

 

Details

PRESENTED BY:
Crouching Giraffe Productions in association with papermoon theatre

CATEGORY:
Theatre

DURATION:
Approximately 130 minutes, including interval.

WARNINGS:
This performance contains obscene language and strobe lighting effects.

SUIT CHILDREN?:
This performance is not suitable for children.

VENUE:
The Courtyard Studio
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Seating
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