After ten years of her husband’s absence, news reaches Penelope that Odysseus is on his way home. Another ten years pass before he arrives back in Ithaka: aged and unrecognisable, he enters his home to witness 108 suitors vying for his wife’s hand. Penelope gives the traveller a stage to tell his stories and win her hand (and heart?). Patron goddess Athena inspires husband and wife to relive the last 20 years of being apart, but does she manage to make them know each other once again?
A story of separation and reunion, of estrangement and familiarity, of travelling and homecoming, displacement, exile, and imprisonment, Troubadour’s new adaptation highlights the wounds of war inflicted on both warrior and faithful wife, questions Odysseus’ and Penelope’s possibility of finding asylum, and finally explores the meaning of identity and home. Topical and thought-provoking, this
adaptation of the ancient tale fascinates and entertains.
Following our Summer 2023, Odyssey will be back in 2024!