Penelope

Penelope_editorialAfter blowing the lid off the Sydney theatre scene last year with The New Electric Ballroom, director Kate Gaul and Siren Theatre Co., will once again wow audiences with another stunning play by multi award-winning playwright, Enda Walsh.

Walsh’s Penelope has already enjoyed multiple critically-acclaimed productions overseas since being published in 2010, and Gaul is thrilled to be presenting the Sydney premiere of this incredible play at the Tap Gallery in Darlinghurst during September and October this year.

It is 11.30 in the morning and already 33 degrees.  At the bottom of a drained swimming pool, surrounded by little more than a gruesome yet curious blood stained wall and an unlit, untouched barbeque, four men play, plot, connive and compete for the love of Penelope as they face certain death at the hands of her returning warrior husband, Odysseus.

In true Walsh style, this play is richly worded and the story oscillates between almost farcical comedy to stomach-churning tragedy as the 4 men vie for the attention and affections of the treasure that is Penelope.

Under the deft direction of Kate Gaul, Penelope is a vaudevillian, irreverent, poetic work based on the final chapter of Homer’s The Odyssey.

Director: Kate Gaul  Cast: Thomas Campbell, Branden Christine, Philip Dodd, Nicholas Hope, Arky Michael  Co-Designer: Tom Bannerman  Composer / Sound Designer: Daryl Wallis  Fight Choreographer: Diego AR Melo  Stage Manager: Michael Cutrupi  Assistant Directors: Julian Dibley-Hall and Diana Popovska

Penelope
TAP Gallery Upstairs Theatre – 278 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
Season: 18 September – 6 October 2013
Previews: 12 – 17 September 2013
Bookings: www.sirentheatreco.com/penelope-by-enda-walsh

For more information, visit: www.sirentheatreco.com for details.

Image: Branden Christine as Penelope

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