The Penelopiad
papermoon theatre presents
The Penelopiad

8 Jul 2021 to 17 Jul 2021

Penelope, the wise and patient wife of the ancient Greek hero Odysseus, has passed beyond the veil of death. From Hades – the land of the dead – Penelope can see everything about her past and present, including her historical reputation as a perfectly faithful wife. However, she is haunted by the blood on her hands: the deaths of her twelve maids who were slaughtered by Odysseus under false pretences. Begging the audience not to follow in her footsteps, Penelope re-tells the story of The Odyssey from her point of view through a series of visions spanning her life.


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The Courtyard Studio - Canberra Theatre Centre
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150 minutes

Creatives Kate Blackhurst Kate Blackhurst

Kate’s first appearance on stage was as a singing rabbit in a primary school production. She went on to play the part of St George and was hooked. Unfortunately, slaying dragons is frowned upon in ‘real life’ so she took up theatre instead, where no one told her that St George had to be male.

Kate obtained a BA (Hons) in English Studies from Manchester Polytechnic in the UK, where she immersed herself in the theatre scene of the fantastically vibrant city. She immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, where she enjoyed performing in Christchurch, Wellington and the Wakatipu. Among other things she appeared as Mrs Elton in Emma, Witch 1 in Macbeth, Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Dionne in Hair, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Sister Jeanne in The Devils, Jelena in Necessary Targets, Maria in Twelfth Night, Lucy in Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, and Jeanette in The Full Monty.

Since arriving in Canberra in 2012 she has performed in Improbable Fiction, Twelfth Night, Casanova, Gaslight, Macbeth and Oh, What a Lovely War! for Canberra Rep, as well as The Hollow for Tempo Theatre, At Home at the Zoo for Something Borrowed, In Loco Parentis for the Street Theatre (Canberra Critics Circle Award), Cara Carissima for The Acting Company with Shadow Pits, and Vinegar Tom for COUP: Canberra. She also performed in the award-winning short film With Little Hope. (Cinema New York City Film Festival Best Short Film)

In Canberra Kate has directed an International Women’s Day performance of excerpts from Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife for Crouching Giraffe, Coda for Shirley for The Acting Company in association with Shadowhouse Pits, Neighbourhood Watch and Blithe Spirit for Canberra Repertory, and a couple of ten-minute plays for Short and Sweet. Other previous directing credits include plays Popcorn, Night Cleaners and Blackadder:Bells for Queenstown Shakespeare Trust, and the musicals Beatlemania ’64 and Cribbies for the Arrowtown Entertainers. 

Kate wrote and directed Scene Stealers and promenade performances Shakespeare on Location and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gardens in Queenstown, and a Shakespearean compilation, An Error of Comedies, which toured the South Island of New Zealand. For the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in Arrowtown, she was commissioned to write a series of site specific theatre pieces for the official commemoration of the Chinese Miners’ Village. She has also written a ten-minute play, Sorry, which was performed at Short & Sweet, and published a novel, Mornington Crescent.

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Cast Elaine Noon Elaine Noon


2021  The Penelopiad (in production) | Penelope | Crouching Giraffe in association with papermoon theatre

2019  Wicked Sisters | Meridee | papermoon theatre

2019  A Doll’s House | Helene | Canberra Repertory Society

2018  Coda for Shirley | Sarah | The Acting Company

2017  Paper Cuts | Caravan Dreams & Mother to an adult daughter | Budding Theatre

2017  Trelawny of the Wells | Mrs Mossop | Canberra Repertory Society

2016  Santa Baby | Christmas in Yorkshire | Yorkshire woman | Budding Theatre Productions

2016 Box and Cox | Mrs Bouncer | papermoon theatre

2016  She Stoops to Conquer | Mrs Hardcastle | Canberra Repertory Society

2015  The Art of Teaching Nothing | Clara | Free Rain/Budding Theatre

2015  The Crucible | Ann Putnam/Martha Corey | Canberra Repertory Society

2014  Blithe Spirit Mrs Bradman | Canberra Repertory Society

2014  The Unexpected Lisa | Canberra Short+Sweet Festival

2014  Nothing is Sacred | Budding Theatre Productions

2014  Warts and All Dotty | Long Run Theatre Productions

2013  The Fridge Barracuda/Ms Minetti/Repairer | Duck Bunny Theatre

2013  Ten Years On Jess | Canberra Short+Sweet Festival

2013  Therapist Mary | Canberra Short+Sweet Festival

2013  The Reluctant Shopper Katrina/Debbie/Shop Assistant | Long Run Theatre Productions

2013  Calendar Girls Annie Clarke | Canberra Repertory Society

2012  Lost in Yonkers Gertrude Kurnitz | Canberra Repertory Society

2012  Wyrd Sisters Granny Weatherwax | Women’s Theatre Forum TAC

2012  The Logues | Cynthia’s Baggage & Brain Waves | Rep STUDIO

2011  Out of Order Nurse Foster | Canberra Repertory Society

2011  Gertrude’s Hamlet | Gertrude (The Mother) | Women’s Theatre Forum TAC

2011  The Logues | My Mother’s Corset & Dog in a Tree Rep STUDIO

2011  Secret Bridesmaids’ Business | Housemaid & ASM | Canberra Repertory Society

2010  Survival Instinct Rose | Canberra Short+Sweet Festival

2010  My Name is ART Gloria | Canberra Short+Sweet Festival

2010  The Logues | Marty | Rep STUDIO

2009  It Runs In the Family | Sister (Matron for two shows)| Canberra Repertory Society


2015 - 2021  Various Plays | Various characters | papermoon theatre


2016 Nomination – Best Supporting Actress She Stoops to Conquer | CAT AWARDS

2010 Winner – Best Actress Survival Instinct | Canberra Short + Sweet Festival


2014  Radiation Oncology | Patient Education DVD |        Cancer Patient | Southern Cross Ten

2012  Department of Veteran Affairs | Anne | Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art


2017  The Little Spinster | Mother | Will Scott

2014  Disorder | Paloma | CIT Production (LittleWhiteLies Production)

2013  The Reenactment | Gertrude | CIT Production (A9nine Production)


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