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What Goes On In The Pantheon!

    by John Waterhouse


Comedy Play Script: 'What Goes On In The Pantheon' by John Waterhouse

The Greek Gods have enjoyed centuries of relative stability under the rule of Zeus, notwithstanding a few affairs and shenanigans along the way. All seems well apart from the fact that Artemis, Goddess of the Moon and the Hunt (as well as chastity) has not been seen for a while.

Karen, a holiday-maker climbing Mount Olympus, enters a portal accidentally left open by the messenger God Hermes on a trip down to the underworld of Hades. Karen bears a strong resemblance to Artemis, albeit with much shorter hair, and the rest of Gods assume she has simply changed her appearance a little (which Gods can do).

Having quickly learnt there are dire consequences for mortals who enter the Pantheon, Karen decides to pose as the missing Goddess. This suits Hades perfectly, who has Artemis a prisoner in his underworld kingdom, as he plots to challenge the power of Zeus on Olympus. 

Karen convinces everyone she is Artemis but a change in her personality is clear and both Apollo, God of Music, and Dionysus, God of Wine and Fertility, wonder if the time has come to challenge Artemis’s vow of chastity.

Hades is about to enter Olympus for the first time in millennia allied with Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Discord. Only two deities might be able to prevent war in the Pantheon: Eros the God of Love and Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.


(6m, 6f or 3m, 3f with doubling)

  • Artemis - Goddess of the moon, hunting and chastity, with long hair (f)
  • Karen - a mortal, with short hair (f)
  • Apollo - God of light, music and prophecy (m)
  • Hermes - God of commerce, messenger and soul bearer (m)
  • Eros - God of love (m)
  • Hades - God of the underworld (m)
  • Eris - Goddess of chaos and discord (f)
  • Hestia - Goddess of the home and family harmony (f)
  • Zeus - king of the Gods (m)
  • Dionysus - God of wine and fertility (m)
  • Hera - wife of Zeus (f)
  • Aphrodite - Goddess of Love (f)

With doubling

  • Artimis/Karen
  • Apollo/Hermes
  • Eros/Hades
  • Eris/Hestia
  • Zeus/Dionysus
  • Hera/Aphrodite

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