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The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Down Arts Centre

Sat 01 February 2020 Sat 01 February 2020

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

A theatrical reading by She-Wolf Theatre Collective


This performance responds to the theme of Ancient’s Rising with a rehearsed reading of extracts from The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood


Performed by members of the Collective, this theatrical reading is a play that presents a retelling of the story of The Odyssey from the perspective of Odysseus’s wife, Penelope and her twelve maids who were inexplicably hanged by Odysseus on his return from war. In this domestic story behind the Homeric epic, Penelope tells how she fended off the attentions of greedy suitors while waiting on her husband. The Penelopiad has been called “satanically witty and yet profoundly moving” and “a pitiless indictment of the horrors that men bring onto women, but even more frighteningly, the horrors that women do unto each other”.


DATE:                    Saturday 1 February 2020


TIME:                    8pm (bar available from 7pm)


PRICE:                   £5


VENUE:                  Down Arts Centre


PRESENTED BY:     She-Wolf Theatre Collective