Every part of Australia is,
always was and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the palawa – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

Women of Troy

Women of Troy


Presented by Archipelago and Ten Days on the Island in association with Theatre Royal.


Euripides, adapted by Tom Wright 

Troy is in ruin. The men slaughtered. The women, prisoners, recoil behind wire, fearing their fate, longing for death. Memories and prophecies haunt their Queen, Hecuba: hallucinogenic visions of her mad, blind daughter Cassandra; her grieving daughter-in-law Andromache, and the one mighty woman behind the whole bloody catastrophe, Helen.

Euripides’ timeless play is a brutal tale of Athens’ invasion and enslavement of the people of Melos. In a radical twist for Western theatre it was told not from the perspective of the conquerors, but that of the survivors. Giving voice to the vanquished was a revolution: seizing centre stage from Gods, heroes and Royalty, and claiming it for the displaced.

Archipelago’s fierce new production of Women Of Troy, based on Tom Wright’s powerful adaptation, sees acclaimed director Ben Winspear join a stellar cast and a community chorus of women and children, with a new libretto and choral score by celebrated composer Katie Noonan and Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who spent years in immigration detention.

With displaced people now at record numbers globally, Women Of Troy interrogates what we have learned and lost and how, in war, it is the women and children who suffer the most.


Women of Troy is suitable for ages 15+
Focus Years 11 – Year 12


Theatre Royal Mainstage, nipaluna/Hobart
Thurs 9 March, 11am
90 minutes, no interval (subject to change)



Student $16

One teacher attends free with up to 10 students and one teacher free per 10 students after that.

Additional teachers charged at $16 per person.

Please contact our Ticketing Manager at bookings@tendays.org.au to discuss tailored package options for your school.

School Curriculum Information

TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND is committed to exploring how we can support early childhood development and younger audience engagement with performance in inventive and fresh ways. How we learn, understand and deal with difference, our varying abilities, and be open to discovering new ways of seeing ourselves and each other.

Women of Troy is suitable for ages 15+

Curriculum links: Focus Years 11 – Year 12

Learning areas: The Arts, Technologies, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding

Event Warnings

Women of Troy is suitable for ages 15+

Venue Information

Theatre Royal Main Stage, nipaluna/Hobart

Thurs 9 March, 11am
29 Campbell St, nipaluna/Hobart

More information on Theatre Royal can be found here

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Ten Days on the Island is committed to making our schools program accessible for all individual students, teachers and schools that wish to be involved. We encourage you to reach out to our Access Manager using the Expression of Interest form below with any specific requirements that would make any experience with the festival the most accessible for your body of students and staff.

We are prepared to work with school representatives to craft an accessible experience fit for those wishing to attend this event. Optional services include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Auslan interpretation
  2. Assistive listening
  3. Open captioning
  4. Tactile touring
  5. Audio description
  6. Lighting and sound considerations
  7. Relaxed performance
  8. Low-sensory/chill-out zone
  9. Pre-show guided tour
  10. Digital show viewing
  11. Facility animal support
  12. Support animal amenities
  13. Accessible viewing areas
  14. Unisex bathrooms
  15. Adult changing facilities

A teaching pack will be released after expressions of interest are collected including the following:

  1. Visual story (including pictures and descriptions of how to navigate the venue including any access features present and pictures and descriptions of any significant aspects of the show)
  2. Trigger warnings
  3. Visual ratings
  4. Educational resource pack (if available)

Please note that all schools will be notified of access offerings for each session once these offerings are confirmed.


Euripides, adapted by Tom Wright

Director – Ben Winspear

Chorus music – Katie Noonan

Chorus text – Behrouz Boochani

Chorus director – Amanda Hodder

Design – Peta Heffernan

Register your interest

    Ten Days on the Island will be in touch. If you have any questions please email bookings@tendays.org.au