Bombshells with The Penelopiad

Eagles's Nest theatre

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"The actors really endeavoured to get the students involved and engaged with them to help draw out and explore their interpretations."
Teacher - Craigirburn Secondary

With a few notable exceptions, the history of theatre has revolved primarily around the stories of men. Like Atwood's Peneopiad, Murray-Smith's project is to refocus this attention on women, in particular on contemporary women. Bombshells introduces us to six women precariously balancing their private and public lives. In the playwright's words, "where once women went mad suppressing their ambitions or dreams, they now drive themselves mad trying to fulfil them all simultaneously".

This workshop is unique: your students will take on the role of director, deciding if they want to examine one or all six monologues and even deciding who should play which character. The workshop asks whether Bombshells is the kind of explosion that Margaret Atwood call for with The Penelopiad, and it explores broader questions of identity with feminism and post-feminism by looking at both texts.

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English


Bombshells, By Joann Murray-Smith, Penelopiad By Margaret Atwood, Feminism, Monologues, Comparison, VCE English, Interactive Workshops


Drama, Lecture, Workshop


120 minutes (Comprehensive), 60 minutes (short)


(Comprehensive Workshop) $15 per student / $1500 min (Short Workshop) $12 per student / $1200 min

School Term:
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4


Availability: All year
Requirements: 6m x 3m of floorspace.
Travel: We will travel anywhere within 90 minutes of the CBD for no extra cost. Travelling further may incur a travel surcharge.

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