Plays Directory : Lysistrata

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Aristophanes
  • Overview
    Whoever balked as sex as a weapon? Lysistrata is Aristophane’s witty and compelling classic, written in 411 and could well be argued the first girl-power play, as well as the first Desperate Housewives. Lysistrata laments what she fears as the disintegration of the city due to the lack of eligible men as a result of the Peloponnesian War. As a last straw, she convinces the wives of Sparta Boeotia, and Corinth to withdraw to encourage their husbands to have a good look at their priorities by withdrawing their sexual favours from their husbands, eventuall having to inprison themselves. They vow not to put out until the weapons are put down. In a land where men are men and women look after the men, the women are at first aghast, but then as their own livelihoods are threatened and the war presses on, must acquiesce.
    This is a highly humourous and rather bawdy play, where the males are pompus, sexist and clearly second in line in the brains queue, wearing external phalluses and posturing about. It is the classic war of the sexes, one of its most commendable moments being the revelation that women not get any is not a bowl of cherries-much comedy to be had in the sexual frustrations and escape attempts by both the horny housewives as well as the husbands. Which lust shall prevail? Blood or booty? Care to hazard a guess?
  • Play
    Download the text for free from Project Gutenberg here: Lysistrata

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3 known characters

8 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jazmine Greenaway
2020, Lampito / Chorus
Lakeside Arts Theatre
Lynsey Balloch
2019, Calonice
Faye Derham
Faye Derham
Actor
2019, Kallyke
The Cockpit Theatre
Kathleen O'Dougherty
2019, Stratyllis
The Cockpit
Sue Swallow
Sue Swallow
Actor
2019, Fisherwoman
Barons Court Theatre
Andrew Shields
2019, commissioner of public safety
Nika Fernandez
Nika Fernandez
Costume Maker (Assistant)
2019, Set Costumer
Jason Deeney
Jason Deeney
Actor
2019, Magistrate
The Baron's Court Theatre
Rebecca Robinson
2019, Lampito
The Cockpit
Luke MacLeod
Luke MacLeod
Actor
2019, Lykon/Co-Writer
Cockpit Theatre
Lucy Perkins
Lucy Perkins
Actor
2019, Lampito
The Rondo
Isobel Pellow
Isobel Pellow
Costume Designer
2019, Costume Designer
The Cockpit
Beki Blank
Beki Blank
Actor
2018, Old Women Chorus
Laurence Hall, LCM.
Sarah Dawson
Sarah Dawson
Actor
2018, Lysistrata
Bella Baldin
Bella Baldin
Actor
2018, Chorus/u.s. Lysistrata
Bronte Appleby
2018, Rhoddipe
Lucy Bond
Lucy Bond
Set Designer
2018, Set Designer
Lakeside Arts Centre
Conor Cupples
2018, Woman’s Institute Leader
Stanwix Theatre
Anca Roibu
Anca Roibu
Actor
2018, Katina
Karamel Club
Stephanie Coates
2018, Brewary Owner