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2 women productions and Ottawa StoryTellers presented Odysseus’s journey, beginning to end, in a full day of epic storytelling featuring Homer's Odyssey! It was a huge success. Here are audience comments from the day:

News from The Odyssey, June 16.  Comments from tellers and listeners.

Moving words from the Greek ambassador:

Tom's closing song:





Stimulating fun!

The Odyssey was a once in a lifetime treat. Thank you.

A marathon telling, performed with grace and skill. I couldn't miss it.

Mind blowing, enchanting, mesmerizing and back bender.

Fantastic experience! I loved simply listening and hearing Homer's words. What a story...

Came in at 4:30. I thought it was a crazy endeavor and I'm half crazy! I'm even told you do this often! Curious to know what is the next epic.

I'm enjoying the slow pace of the tellers. Every word is clear!

Excellent performance. Very organized.

Great performance. I am really enjoying the 12 hour version. Saw the shorter version 5 years ago.

The telling of the Odyssey is an epic undertaking. The storytellers were truly masterful and the story, well it's not surprising that it has been around for more than 2000 years. Such beautiful images in the mind, created by Homer's perfect turns of phrase. But most importantly, it is the passion of the storytellers and the delivery of the story with their full life force that holds the listeners in such a state of excitement.

An amazing day well done!

I had no idea the Odyssey was so accessible and universal in its themes. Wonderful for all ages over 12!

Loved it! Next show should be Beowulf or a Norse sage or Gilgamesh!

What an epic and wonderful undertaking! I'm thoroughly enjoying the show. What an amazing chance to be involved!

Engaging and well-told. It always kept my attention, despite the length.

Well organized and thoughtful execution. Nice variety of tellers.

Very well done - engaging and captivating.
Was doubtful at first that I would be able to last the whole 12 hours, but after only the second set I was hooked. Excellent show.

A very professional presentation.

Amazing - I thought I might not last, but I can not leave!

A truly outstanding endeavor. Thank you for bringing these words to life.

Absolutely riveting! The storytellers bring Odysseus home with grace worthy of Homer.

All the performers were amazing. Most outstanding was Alan Shain - the story of Odysseus's grief was perfectly demonstrated by his vocal styling.

Marvelous, MARVELOUS!

You brought an incredible book to life.

Wonderful! Thanks for the trip!

Deeply moving. Very connected to life and its challenges. Beautifully done!

Polished, Professional, Perfect.

A once in a lifetime experience. An epic for the ages. Congratulations on a journey well told.

Well done, great way to spend the day and evening.

Enthralling from start to finish - I only hope there may be a repeat performance some day!

Amazing storytellers and performance! Would absolutely come to another full day show.

As I write this at hour 10, I don't want it to end. I wish it were another 12 hours! Very inspiring!

Great performance! Inspiring! Keep this initiative going, please!

Comments taken from the books in the lobby

What a wonderful experience! I am entranced, moved by this wonderful ancient story full of tragedy, humour and inspiration. Thank-you to all he wonderful tellers for the work and dedication and to Jan and Jennifer for their organization and work in making this opportunity a reality for the audience

The Odyssey – One of my all-time – favourites . Your presentation makes it come to life in a whole new way.

Bloomsday 20012 - What fun …… “ so lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice”

Here we are at the dinner break and still so much to tell! Most enjoyable!

Thank-you for bringing together what for me is a “ Rasputin’s Alumnae” for that is where I first met all of you. The storytelling is of course first rate. A veritable treat for the ears.

Years ago, I studied the Odyssey at university. It seemed dry and un-inspiring. Today was utterly different. Thank-you, for awakening me to this rich story.

Thank-you very much for this wonderful experience, my first with storytelling and it was for sure the experience of a lifetime. Thank-you for opening that door to that magical world and sharing your joy and that journey with us.

This was a wonderful idea. It is such an experience to hear this epic tale brought to life by so many talented tellers.

What a terrific performance! Such a great story and so many talented storytellers. Thank-you for a wonderful day.

Thank-you for being a vehicle for me to understand the meaning of gods and goddesses.

It’s the last break and I am scared of what’s happening next ! OH! ODYSSEUS Please be kind to us ………. Loved it. Thanks to all of you and kudos

An unbelievable success. Congratulations and please give us more

Thanks for a delicious day of detail and courtesy and adventure and love and blood letting. Most satisfying.

“Heureux qui comme Ulysse a fait un beau voyage” Joachim du Bellay. Thank-you for this fantastic journey.

What a wonderful and well epic accomplishment. A pleasure to have been a small part of this.