THE PENELOPIAD

By Margaret Atwood

Produced by Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble

August 25th – September 10th 2023

Penelope, dutiful wife od Odysseus and less beautiful cousin of Helen, is ready to tell her story.

Left alone for decades while Odysseus fights in the Trojan War, Penelope must face her own battles, managing Ithaca, difficult in-laws, her son and hordes of increasingly menacing suitors.

Adapted for the stage by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), The Penelopiad is a contemporary take on Homer’s The Odyssey that sees Penelope and her twelve wronged maids take centre stage. Full of live music, poetry, tragedy and Atwood’s wicked humour, The Penelopiad is sure to be a night of storytelling at its most epic!

“Now that I am dead, I know everything…”

CAST

Liliana Macarone as ‘Penelope’ 

Riley Anderson as ‘Maid/Telemachus’

Meg Bennett as ‘Maid/Queen Anticleia’

Mikala Crawley as ‘Maid’

Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn as ‘Maid/Helen’

Ellen Hardisty as ‘Maid/Suitor/Naiad’

Sarah Hindle as ‘Maid’

Frances Marrington as ‘Maid/Eurycleia’

Leah Mustard as ‘Maid’

Rob Pensalfini as ‘Maid/Odysseus’

Rebekah Schmidt as ‘Maid/Oracle’

Angus Thorburn as ‘Maid/Suitor/King Laertes’

Willem Whitfield as ‘Maid/Suitor/Icarius’

CREW

Directed – Rebecca Murphy

Assistant Director – Rebekah Schmidt

Production Manager – Kylii Davies

Stage Manager – Jordan Ferguson

Music Director/Composer – Rob Pensalfini

Fight Director – Jason McKell

Costume Designer – Leah Fitzgerald-Quinn

Technical Manager & Sound Design – Donovan Wagner

Set & Props Designer – Josh Murphy

Lighting Designer – Timothy James

Assistant Costume Designer – Linda Ogonowski

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