Written by Aristophanes
Translated by Jeffrey Henderson
Directed by Anastasia Revi
Riverside Studios, London
6-23 March 2013
There’s no solution to the Euro crisis… protests, riots, marches, what next? As bankers and politicians try to hang on to their power to control everything, Lysistrata and the women of Europe take over the financial quarter of the City and refuse the one thing men can’t do without:sex. The crisis escalates, frustrations grow and the consequences start to become apparent, and it gets hard, and harder, but can the men find a solution for Europe and themselves? A hilarious, naughty musical adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy set against the backdrop of the European crisis, with live music by Daemonia Nymphe.
Performers (in order of appearance)
Lysistrata: A third generation Greek flower seller – Annabelle Brown
Kalonike: A Spanish fruit seller – Nuria Benet
Myrrhine: A Portuguese craft seller – Tania Azevdo
Nefella: An Irish wool seller – Laura Morgan
Lampito: A German chief executive banker – Carolin Ott
Pitho: A French flâneur – Denise Moreno
Strathyllia: An Italian widow – Dimitra Kreps
British policeman – Matt Gardner
Beyond nationality chief executive banker – Nikos Poursanidis
Russian investor/ politician – Konstantinos Kavakiotis
British judge – Johan Buckingham
Italian cab driver – Marco Nanetti
Creative and Production Team
Directed by Anastasia Revi
Music composed, arranged and performed by Daemonia Nymphe
Lyrics adapted and written by Daemonia Nymphe (Spyros Giasafakis & Evi Stergiou)
Set Design by Maira Vazeou
Costume Design by Valentina Sanna
Lighting and Photography by Yiannis Katsaris
Graphics by Katerina Kres
Additional Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst
Producer Martina Reynolds
Set Construction by Basement 94
Scenic Art by Basement 94 and Louise Fairnie
Lighting Assistant Theo Athanasopoulos
Choreography Assistant Katerina Georgiou
Hair by Umberto Fiorilla
An explosively relevant and hilarious adaptation, with clean design, a multi-talented cast, and great original music… . An exciting and impassioned update that provides no shortage of laughs during its quest to make a political and economic appeal… .The female ensemble is really something special; all of them are engaging. I still left the theatre feeling like I’d had a good quality laugh.
Lysistrata is good fun with a universal message played by an exuberant cast.
WHAT’S ON STAGE?
Theatre Lab do extraordinarily well in drawing every bit of possible comedy from the original source material and in doing so they’ve created a door into a world of theatre often portrayed as reserved for the academically elite.
WHAT’S PEEN SEEN?
Anastasia Revi’s production bursts with life and colour, and the large ensemble cast – particularly the seven women – have bucketloads of chemistry and great comic timing. There’s also some genuinely funny play with post-crash national stereotypes, as the stallholders nervously await the arrival of their German comrade.
If for a moment you can buy the Utopian dream that Lysistrata’s plan relies and give yourself up to its scabrous humour, this is a hoot.
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