Launching in 1991, Melbourne’s iconic Women’s Circus celebrates their 25th Anniversary this November by presenting a powerful adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s, The Penelopiad, and a Stories in Motion Exhibition of it’s herstory, with a vibrant collection of photographic archives, oral and written stories, and memorabilia.

Running from the 22nd to the 27th of November, The Penelopiad features an ensemble of 30 members of the Women’s Circus. Exploring the silencing of women’s stories and the prevalence of violence against women in our culture, The Penelopiad is an ancient story that still speaks to us today; a story that gives a voice to the voiceless within history and lets them speak, sing and dance.

Running concurrently from the 17th of November until the 10th of December, Women’s Circus return to their original home at the Footscray Community Arts Centre with Stories in Motion; an exhibition that show-cases the Women’s Circus remarkable herstory with resources from over 30 original theatre-circus works. Part-interactive, this exhibition looks to the organisation’s rich past and invites audiences to join in celebrating the exciting future ahead.

Women’s Circus was founded by Donna Jackson in 1991 to work with women who were the survivors of violence or abuse, and was originally a project of the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Twenty-five years later, this company is still proudly based in Melbourne’s vibrant West and now works with women of all ages, experience levels and cultural backgrounds as well as with local communities.

The Penelopiad:

22 – 27 November, 2016