Stork Theatre presents:

The Odyssey

An adventure marathon: Homer’s epic told in full over 12 hours

Translated by Emily Wilson
Location: MPavilion
Date: Saturday 1 December 2018
Time: 11am – 11pm

Homer’s ODYSSEY: 24 stars, 12 hours, 12,000 lines of ancient poetry

We were overwhelmed with your support of our little Homer’s ODYSSEY extravaganza.

On a glorious Melbourne day you gathered in the MPavillion and sprawled across the lawns transfixed by the epic, just as it has thrilled readers for millennia.

Storytelling in the ancient style. 12,000 lines of poetry flew by!

Attendance throughout the day reached 1000. As the final lines were read at 10.40 pm, almost 200 of you remained in attendance, having stayed the course!

A first for Melbourne, a first for Australia. A phenomenon.

Thank you all.

Thank you also to our generous sponsors, in particular the Hansen Little Foundation, and you, the Friends of the Stork Theatre.

Click here to read Jim Clavens’ evocative review of the day in Neos Kosmos.


Actors & Session Times

HOMER’S ODYSSEY: a 12 hour extravaganza
Directed by Greg Carroll

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 and Circe
Neil Pigot, Caroline Lee, Peter Craven, Dimity Shepherd

PART 4: HOMECOMING / 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Featuring Odysseus’ reunion with his son Telemachus
Sigrid Thornton, Ross Campbell, Sean Scully, Naomi Rukavina

PART 5: THE HERO’S WIFE / 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Featuring Odysseus’ reunion with his wife 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, the slaughter of the suitors and the bed test
John-Marc Desengano, Marco Chiappi, Kate Kendall, Alexander Madden