The Odyssey (2005)

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Suzannah McDonald, Stephen Phillips. Photographer: Jeff Busby

The Odyssey (2005)

By Tom Wright

04 October 2005 – 23 October 2005 The Malthouse Workshop

Adapted from Homer

Malthouse Theatre, Black Swan Theatre Company, Melbourne International Arts Festival, The UWA Perth International Arts Festival,

Classic New Adaptation Theatre World Premiere Co-Production

Odysseus, a man and a king, finds himself alone and scarred in the ruins of Troy, the great city he helped destroy. For the first time in ten years, he can turn his thoughts to home. Homeā€¦a place of sweet remembrance and soft embraces. So begins the primal story of returning, an ancient tale from the dawn of the West and the journey of every one of us to find a meaningful life and thereby defy death.

This production is a modern retelling of Homer's ancient tale which focuses on Odysseus, a man who must journey through death in order to reach life and eventually home. The various islands that Odysseus and his crew visit are conceived as distant images, tied together by a parallel reading that traces the story as a return to the south coast of Western Australia from the First World War. The action traverses the brutality of war, the seduction of oblivion and a home threatened by chaos.

Performed at the Perth International Arts Festival, 15 February - 2 March, 2006.

Production still for "The Odyssey". Stephen Phillips (centre). Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Leon Ewing, Francis Greenslade, Paul Blackwell, Jennifer Ipkendanz, Ben Lewis, Suzannah McDonald (on top of piano), Belinda McClory, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Rita Kalnejais, Belinda McClory, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Stephen Phillips, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Stephen Phillips, Rita Kalnejais. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R:Stephen Phillips, Belinda McClory. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "The Odyssey". Kris McQuade. Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "The Odyssey". Stephen Phillips (centre). Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Leon Ewing, Francis Greenslade, Paul Blackwell, Jennifer Ipkendanz, Ben Lewis, Suzannah McDonald (on top of piano), Belinda McClory, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Rita Kalnejais, Belinda McClory, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Stephen Phillips, Margaret Mills. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R: Stephen Phillips, Rita Kalnejais. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". L-R:Stephen Phillips, Belinda McClory. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "The Odyssey". Kris McQuade. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Creatives

Sally Richardson

Sally Richardson

Assistant Director

Shannon Bott

Choreographer

Zoe Atkinson

Zoe Atkinson

Costume Designer

Anna Tregloan

Anna Tregloan

Set Designer

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Playwright

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Iain Grandage

Iain Grandage

Composer

David Franzke

David Franzke

Sound Designer

Michael Kantor

Michael Kantor

Director

Leonie Dixon

Leonie Dixon

Stage Manager

Maryanne Lynch

Maryanne Lynch

Dramaturg

Martina Murray

Martina Murray

Assistant Stage Manager

Sally Hitchcock

Sally Hitchcock

Assistant Stage Manager