The Search for Odysseus

By Charles Way

The Search for Odysseus has enjoyed a long life – in Germany, the US and in Britain – with youth theatre companies because it is suitable for larger cast.


The play tells the story of the Odyssey from the point of view of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus. When Odysseus does not return with the other soldiers after the Trojan War, Telemachus sets out to find him and in so doing embarks on a voyage of self discovery.

Cast size

The play can be performed by six actors doubling.


  • Athene
  • Odysseus
  • Telemachus
  • Penelope
  • Eurymachus
  • Eurycleia
  • Alcinous
  • Laodomus
  • Nausicaa
  • Arete
  • Cyclops
  • Achilles
  • Calypso
  • Cast /messengers, Chorus/Calypso’s helpers.

Production history

The Search for Odysseus was first produced by the now-defunct Made in Wales Stage Company.

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Age suitability

Suitable for older children and teenagers.


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