PHOTOGRAPH 51
& THE PENELOPIAD

UNIT 4: READING AND COMPARING TEXTS

Extracts from Photograph 51 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.

Among the key ideas explored we consider the realities of women’s lives in a patriarchal society, the nature of institutionalised misogyny, and how personality is presented as a contributing factor in being treated as an outsider.

Enabling the voice of the marginalised is a primary theme of both texts. In this presentation the maids of The Penelopiad feature in a series songs that illuminate their function and importance in the story.

 

suitability

Year 11 - 12
VCE English/EAL


Idea/issue/theme

Identity, Patriarchal Power,
Role of Women, Storytelling & voice of the marginalised


duration

75 minutes,
followed by Q&A

90 minute session recommended


TOURING TO SCHOOLS


TERM 3
27 JULY - 7 AUGUST

venue requirements

  • Minimum 6 x 6 metres
    flat, clear playing space

  • Set up time - 60 min

  • Pack up time - 20 min


COST

$18.00 per student,
groups 120+

$2160 minimum fee,
groups -120

All prices include GST,
cancellation fees apply

It was a complex re-telling of the two plays and we felt that Complete Works all rose to the challenge and provided the students with some wonderful insights into both texts. The girls wholeheartedly enjoyed the show and we received some lovely comments and great feedback from them.
— Methodist Ladies College

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