Bombshells & The Penelopiad

Unit 4: reading & Comparing texts

Monologues and extracts from Bombshells and The Penelopiad are integrated into performance and presented in a style that enables students to make clear thematic comparisons and contrasts between the two texts.

We consider the role of women from contrasting periods, conventional stereotypes and the realities of women’s lives within a patriarchal society. We examine how the authors give voice to the marginalised and oppressed, and how major events or 'bombshells' act as empowering catalysts for change.

This program has been developed using the paired texts, Bombshells by Joanna Murray-Smith and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, in consultation with Complete Works' Teacher Advisory Group.

Duration: 75 minutes, followed by Q&A.  A 90 minute session recommended.
Suitability: Year 11 - 12
Ideas / Issues / Themes: Identity, Patriarchal Power, Role of Women

tour dates

Term 3: Monday 30 July - Friday 10 August


$16.00 per student, groups +120 students
$1920.00 minimum performance fee, groups -120 students
All prices include GST, cancellation fees apply

venue REquirements

Minimum 6m x 6m of flat, clear playing space with access to power
Bump in - 60 minutes
Bump out - 20 minutes

The quality of the actual performances was superb!
— Sacre Coeur College

Complete Works acknowledges this program is supported by the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program