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The Penelopiad (Cambridge Shortlegs)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

Cambridge Shortlegs return to Edinburgh with their latest outing ‘The Penelopiad’, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, which combines physical theatre with the more traditional. It’s narrated by Penelope, and as you might expect told completely from her point of view. The audience is treated to moments of light comedy which merge well into the darker drama of the piece – something you might expect from a play that is being narrated from the underworld. This exploration of gender roles in the original ‘Odyssey’ offers some strong performances, and although in parts the varied and often changing styles confuse the piece, it is overall a very solid and entertaining production.

C, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bethan Highgate-Betts]