‘Favours’ denied as women move to bring an end to war

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WHEN the women of ancient Greece stage a sex strike for peace, sparks fly and the comedy “pops-up” everywhere in Lysistrata, a bawdy anti-war comedy by the playwright Aristophanes.

The play kept audiences laughing, and squirming, for 2500 years.

Lysistrata is a comic account of a woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian War. She convinces other women to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing them to negotiate a peace treaty.

The play will be held 8pm, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 October, at McClelland College Performing Arts Centre, 26 Alexander Cr, Karingal (enter off Karingal Drive).

Lysistrata has much to offer theatre-goers and society, director Emma Sproule said. “If the laughs can shake us hard enough, perhaps they might shake us free of the chains in which a patriarchal society binds us still.”

Dionysus Theatre is a contemporary company, established on the Mornington Peninsula by Victorian Drama League award-winning director Emma Sproule.

Tickets are $30 or $25 concession. Groups of eight or more are discounted. There’s cabaret-style seating, BYO nibbles and drinks at bar prices.

The production contains course language, sexual references and imagery and partial nudity and is not suitable for under 15 year olds.

Bookings: tickethost.com.au Event=1083

First published in the Western Port News – 4 October 2016

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