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The Odyssey: A Heroic Pantomime (Susan Elkin reviews)

Odyssey: A Heroic Pantomime continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 31 December 2023.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

Take five talented women, the best-known epic in European literature and two surreally inspired writers and it makes for a pretty good evening’s seasonal theatre although it’s a mystery to me why performers need radio mics in a space the size of Jermyn Street Theatre.

Odysseus has disappeared on his way home from Troy and the gods on Olympus want to help. So far, so Homer. Then we dance off into pantoland with lots (and lots) of Hermes delivery jokes, a gloriously inebriated Dionysus and a seafarer-type Poseidon.

It’s a gently feminist take on the Odyssey so Penelope (Emily Cairns, also good as a Barbie-style gor-blimey Aphrodite) proactively goes off to look for him, accompanied by her husband’s horse Trojan, who has an oft-mentioned gut problem.

Directed by co-writer John Savourin, this  …

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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