Herstories: The Penelopiad

14th Dec 2009 - 8:00pm

Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool

Edge Hill University Performing Arts students perform The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood at Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool on Monday 14th December, 8pm and Wednesday 16th December, 8pm.

Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad is the story of Penelope, who appears as a minor character in Homer’s original tale of The Odyssey. Her-Story is that of her undying, passionate, and faithful love for her husband, the adulterous and audacious, Odysseus as he journeys on his voyages leaving her, for many years, alone and isolated. The Penelopiad examines the Beckettian notion of “Waiting” and debates the futility of existence, as told from the female’s perspective. It questions the paradox of story-telling, and subsequently “history”, as truth or lie, fact or fable, reality or hearsay! A celebration of music, song, physical theatre, and drama, this reading of Atwood’s text focuses on the potential fate of the female in a man’s world.

Tickets are priced at £6 adults and £4 concessions, available from the Rose Theatre Box Office at Edge Hill University (01695 584480) and on the day at the Contemporary Urban Centre, subject to availability. The performance is directed by Lisa Adams. 

The Performing Arts Department at Edge Hill University offers courses in Drama, Dance, Physical Theatre, Visual Theatre, Music and Sound and Design for Performance. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/performingarts.