Penelope Speaker Series

Want the chance to learn more after seeing Penelope? We are very excited to have some of Vancouver’s great thinkers offer short free talks on themes seen in the show. Speaker Series talks will be offered immediately after the show at no extra charge. If you bought tickets to a different performance of Penelope and are interested in attending, just come to the Cultch at 9:15 on the night of the talk with your ticket stub and you will be admitted!


HMarshall photoOctober 3, 2013, 9:30pm

This talk will focus on adapting Homer’s Odyssey to the contemporary stage, and the relationship between Penelope and this classic text. Hallie Marshall is a Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research explores the reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in later periods, with a particular focus on the reception of classical texts on the modern British stage.

MEN IN BATHING SUITS – Peter Dickinson

peter dickinson (16)October 10, 2013, 9:30pm

In this talk Peter Dickinson will offer some observations on how Enda Walsh presents masculinity as mostly compensatory, a rhetorical performance where swagger stands in for substance, and where a suitor’s seductive charms often mask deeper fears—not least of the bloke carrying the bigger stick. He will also draw comparisons to other notable contests of male power on stage, including an iconic Canadian play also set in a swimming pool.

Peter Dickinson is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, with research and teaching interests in modern drama and performance studies and gender studies. His most recent book is World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place, and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2010). He currently serves as President of the Board of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and he blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at