Adapted by Alan Becher from the novel by Fontini Epanomitis, The Mule's Foal concerns three families throughout 100 years of Greek family life. In the village Theodosios abandons his wife and gorilla child, then spends a lifetime trying to get them back. There's Meta, who is neither male nor female. And Yiorgos the Apeface, who is both man and beast. Young Agape of the Glowing Face, who can stop men's hearts with a look. From the centre of superstition and gossip, rumour and chaos, Mirella the ancient whore finds a calm place to tell her tantalising tale. This adaptation deliberately avoids realistic or naturalistic text, conventional dialogue and characterisations, but stays true to its cultural origins in oral storytelling. Variable cast 9-33.

' extraordinary piece of theatre that is at once fluid, musical, beautiful, tender and funny.' Sarah McNeill, Post NewspapersFeb 2, 2000

'Mystical, sensual and intense, the legend of the Mule's Foal draws you into another world, enticing you into a foreign land rich with folklore and the age-old art of storytelling.' Jean Stewart, News Chronicle Feb 2, 2000

  • myth/folk tale/comedy/drama
  • 95
  • 8 total
  • 5 female identifying, 3 male identifying
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Yiayia Stella

Female | Unspecified | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 23

EXTRACT: And just when her parents were going to die, in peace, having done their duty, Silly Casia slept with a travelling beggar and fell pregnant. The child who was born on Christmas day was a remarkably beautiful child. When Silly Casia's boy was ten, the Old Abbot saw him and was charmed by the boy's beauty. The Old Abbot wanted to take the boy away to live with him in the monastery. He would give the education. Fifteen years later they had brought the handsome young man's emaciated body home on the back of a wagon.

Adult themes

Pappous Yiorgos

Male | 60+ | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 48

EXTRACT: It was a freezing winter's night. She put on her warmest dress and steeled herself against the cold. Inside the young lad was sleeping and his parents could hear their crazy cousin Pawonia calling out to the wind. Blow cold wind, she cried, blow, for tonight I spend with you and tomorrow night with my husband. But by morning, the whole village heard that Pawonia had frozen to death

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