15 Heroines
Paperback, 176 pages ISBN: 9781848429864Publication Date:
12 Nov 2020
Size: 198mm x 129mm£13.99 £11.19You save £2.80 (20%)
Ebook, 176 pages ISBN: 9781788503532Publication Date:
9 Nov 2020
£13.99 £11.19You save £2.80 (20%)
First Staged:
Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 2020

15 Heroines

15 Monologues Adapted from Ovid

By various

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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.

‘Let others praise ancient times.
I am glad I was born in these.’

Press Quotes

'A triumphant re-voicing of famous tales'


'Compelling... sometimes funny, often moving, this is a phenomenal collection of monologues'


'Urgent, engaging and beautifully written... it works as individual segments, as themed collections, or as one full project'

Broadway World

'What stands out above all else is the quality of the writing'


'Brilliant and hilarious... these heroines are resurrected with wit, imagination and verve'

The Stage

'Revisionist and unapologetic, this new appraisal of Ovid’s work is very timely... it is the psychological insight that makes this so watchable. By taking ownership of their stories, these women speak for themselves'

The Reviews Hub

'Ambitious and artfully entertaining, 15 Heroines refuses to allow these women to be relegated to the footnotes... the pleasure is that we have so seldom heard these versions before'

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
Paperback,176 pages ISBN: 9781848429864Publication Date:
12 Nov 2020
Size: 198mm x 129mm£13.99 £11.19You save £2.80 (20%)
Ebook,176 pages ISBN: 9781788503532Publication Date:
9 Nov 2020
£13.99 £11.19You save £2.80 (20%)
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