The Penelopiad

Sun 10th – Mon 25th Aug 2014


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Cambridge Shortlegs


‘We had no voice. We had no name. We had no choice.’ Ithaca. Ancient Greece. Odysseus has set sail for Troy and his illustrious adventures, leaving behind his wife, Penelope, and her twelve doomed maids. When he finally returns, after years at sea, he ruthlessly hangs the innocent maids. Whilst this was a mere footnote in Homer's Odyssey, Margaret Atwood has given these women a voice, in her dark yet witty play: 'The Penelopiad'.

Inspired by the works of Frantic Assembly and DV8, this energetic, fast-paced and challenging physical theatre production weaves Atwood’s witty dialogue with movement and music to tell the story of those whom Homer left behind. Exploring class and gender divide, this re-imagining puts a modern punch back into an ancient tale through Atwood's "cunning replotting and smart updating" (Mary Beard).

Starring Georgie Henley, famous for playing Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia film series, as Eurycleia, this production of The Penelopiad comes to the Edinburgh Fringe off the back of a highly successful run in Cambridge:

“A complete metamorphosis of the Odysseus myth, feminist style. Comic and unsettling, it tackles uncomfortable material such as rape and betrayal in a creative and provocative way.” The Cambridge Student, 8/10

“Succeeds in bringing to life this new twist on an ancient tale. Gives a voice to women, which is not silenced but rather screams out at the audience. The Penelopiad showcases promising new talent” Varsity, ★★★★

“Dark and provocative. A high standard of acting and direction.” Cambridge Theatre Review, ★★★★

The Penelopiad is presented by Cambridge Shortlegs, the creative team behind 'Five Kinds of Silence’ (Varsity: ★★★★★; The Cambridge Student: 9/10), and A Clockwork Orange (The Cambridge Student: 9/10; Cambridge Theatre Review: ★★★★; The Cambridge Tab: ★★★★), in association with the Pembroke Players.

Admission: £10.50(£8.50)

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