Stork Theatre is a uniquely Melbourne institution. Since its first production in 1983 at the Fairfield Amphitheatre, Stork Theatre has specialised in bringing great works of literature to the stage. Each season is anchored in a performance reading of one of the ancient epics. Over the years, Stork Theatre has challenged and charmed audiences through adaptations of works of Homer, Dostoevsky, Duras and Camus. Stork Theatre also established the biannual Homerfest and “Looking for Odysseus” travel tours.
Stork Theatre’s latest production is a homeric marathon: The Odyssey told in full over twelve hours by thirty different performers. Homer’s classic adventure story will be presented from beginning to end for the first time ever in Australia. This production will be a world premier for Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey—the first ever English translation by a woman. Wilson brings a fresh and unique perspective to this epic tale, foregrounding the many powerful and important women present in the text.