HOMER ON WOMEN and WAR

It is extraordinary that in this ancient battle epic, the poet Homer gives the last lines to women. Incredibly, the very last word is Helen’s, the adulteress and the loneliest woman at Troy!  In this final and most moving moment, upon Hector’s death Helen laments the loss of kindness in the world:

STORK THEATRE presents… an 8-hour Extravaganza!

 A Performance Reading from a 15,000-line ancient text. A first for Melbourne. A first for Australia.

 A stunning Amphitheatre on Yarra River
10 starring actors and performers
8 hours of gods, heroes and lovers at war
3 Japanese drummers

TICKETS & SESSION TIMES

SESSIONS: This event is in three sessions. Each session is approximately two hours, with a 45-minute meal break between each of them. So you can book for one, two OR all three sessions.

COVID: This is an open-air, outdoor event. Current Covid regulations are no social distancing and no masks are required. 75% capacity. If the event is cancelled due to Covid, tickets will be refunded.

All event details including session times and ticket bookings available at Stork Theatre

THE EXPERIENCE: It’s the last days of summer and a glorious day in Fairfield Park. You wander down through the park, carrying your picnic hamper, rug and vino. Arriving at the beautiful bluestone Amphitheatre by the river, you settle at your spot inside with friends. The Japanese drumming and performance begins…

HOMER’S ODYSSEY: 12 HOUR ADVENTURE MARATHON: In 2018 Stork similarly staged a successful a marathon reading Homer’s entire Odyssey at the MPavilion. Over 1000 people attended throughout the day. You can see reviews, pics and clips of the event here

Actors & Session Times

PART ONE: THE HERO’S SON / 11.00am – 1.00pm
Featuring HELEN OF TROY
Elizabeth Davies, Jack Charles, Richard Piper, Carolyn Bock

PART 2: ENTER ODYSSEUS / 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Featuring ATHENA & CALYPSO
Sabrina D’Angelo, Kevin Hopkins, Max Gillies, Denis Moore

PART 3: THE ADVENTURES / 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Featuring CYCLOPS. LOTUS EATERS. SIRENS. SCYLLA, CIRCE
Neil Pigot, Caroline Lee, Peter Craven, Dimity Shepherd

PART 4: HOMECOMING / 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Featuring ODYSSEUS’ REUNION with TELEMACHUS
Sigrid Thornton, Ross Campbell, Sean Scully, Naomi Rukavina

PART 5: THE HERO’S WIFE / 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Featuring ODYSSEUS’ REUNION with PENELOPE
Natasha Herbert, Melodie Reynolds, Rod Mullinar, Dimitrios Michalopoulos (The Greek Consul General)

PART 6: RETURN OF THE KING / 9.00pm – 11.00pm
Featuring the ARCHERY CONTEST, SLAUGHTER OF SUITORS, BED TEST
John-Marc Desengano, Marco Chiappi, Kate Kendall, Alexander Madden

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