Penelope is a 17 year old girl who feels as if she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. Everyday she travels to and from school on the train, it is the only time she has to herself and as she listens to her iPod the playlist becomes a soundtrack to imaginative episodes as she moves in and out of her own subconscious.
In this place, Penelope meets an assortment of characters that represent the many roles she has to play in life; her rational and irrational self. Through each episode, a dilemma in her life is exposed, and reflected through her interaction with the exaggerated characters. The characters know everything about Penelope. They are a manifestation of her emotions, beliefs and internal logic.
Penelope's journey through this story is about coming to terms with responsibility, and making the tough decisions we all have to in life.
Written by Brad Jennings as part of a devising process with Clayfield College in 2010. Originally produced in the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.
Headspace has since been produced at Sunshine Coast Grammar, Ormiston College, St Peter's Lutheran, St Mary's College, and St. Laurence's College.
Themes: Adolescence, loss, family, responsibility
Styles: Contemporary, absurd, fantasy
Character Ages: 15-18
Length: 1.5 Hours
Cast Size: 15 + Cast Members
Target Audience: Middle & Senior Years
Written by Brad Jennings
Published by Playlab