#Photograph 51 & The Penelopiad - VIRTUAL

Complete Works Theatre Company


This is an invaluable resource for our students. They get a sense of the texts in a way that only performance can provide.
Teacher, Ave Maria College

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 a
Methodist Ladies College

VCE English/EAL
Unit 4: Reading & comparing texts
Pair 6: Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

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.This program has been developed using the paired texts, Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, in consultation with Complete Works' Teacher Advisory Group.

What can you expect?
• High-quality, professionally filmed recording. The same show - but now online.
• Post show discussion and analysis with the actors and director, Andrew Blackman
• Access to the recordings for 7 days so you can view the performance at a time to suit your teaching.

What are the benefits?
• Complete Works Virtual provides schools with an easy to use platform that makes student learning as smooth as possible during current disruptions.
•  Students continue to have access to Complete Works' high quality live performance resources.

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Brilliant; professional and VERY helpful!
Teacher, Sale College

Another great performance, which provided a fantastic addition to what we can do in the classroom.
Teacher, Wanganui Park

Show Details



Year Level Suitability


Curriculum area

The Arts - Drama, English


Identity, Patriarchal Power, Role Of Women, Authorial Context, Reading And Comparing Texts, English, VCE




75 minutes, plus Q&A. 90 minutes recommended.


$18.00 per student. Minimum performance fee $2160.00, based on 120 students or fewer.

School Term:
Term 3


Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria on request

SEASON: Monday 29 July - Friday 9 August

REQUIREMENTS: Flat playing space, minimum 6x6 metres

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