15 Heroines: 15 Monologues Adapted from Ovid

Author(s): Jermyn Street Theatre (Editor)

Literary Studies

Two thousand years ago, the Roman poet Ovid gave voice to a group of inspirational women--queens, sorcerers, pioneers, poets and politicians--in a series of fictional letters called The Heroines. They were the women left in the wake of those swaggering heroes of classical mythology: Theseus, Hercules, Ulysses, Jason, Achilles...

Now, drawing inspiration from Ovid, fifteen leading female and non-binary British playwrights dramatise the lives of these fifteen heroines in a series of new monologues for the twenty-first century.

15 Heroines was commissioned by Jermyn Street Theatre, London, and first performed--online and in three parts--in November 2020, presented in partnership with Digital Theatre. This edition of all fifteen monologues is introduced by directors--Adjoa Andoh, Tom Littler and Cat Robey--and writer, broadcaster and classicist Natalie Haynes.

The War tells the untold stories of the Trojan War: Oenone, Hermione, Laodamia, Briseis and Penelope, written by Lettie Precious, Sabrina Mahfouz, Charlotte Jones, Abi Zakarian and Hannah Khalil.

The Desert is about women going their own way: Deianaria, Canace, Hypermestra, Dido and Sappho, written by April De Angelis, Isley Lynn, Chinonyerem Odimba, Stella Duffy and Lorna French.

The Labyrinth is about the women who encountered Jason and Theseus: Ariadne, Phaedra, Phyllis, Hypsipyle and Medea, written by Bryony Lavery, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Samantha Ellis, Natalie Haynes and Juliet Gilkes Romero.


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  • : 9781848429864
  • : Nick Hern Books, Limited
  • : Nick Hern Books, Limited
  • : November 2020
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  • : Jermyn Street Theatre (Editor)
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  • : English
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