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Lysa and the Freeborn Dames

21 Jul - 11 Aug

 

LA BOITE AND QUT CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PRESENT

 

LYSA AND THE FREEBORN DAMES

BY CLAIRE CHRISTIAN

 

WORLD PREMIERE

Aristophanes crossed with a girl group power-ballad served with a plate of your Grandma’s best CWA scones. 

Led by a fierce female chorus of women who fling us through the past in order to prove that the future really is female, Claire Christian’s fury fuelled dramedy is inspired by the original battle of the sexes, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.

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In a small rural town, somewhere in Australia, it doesn’t matter what kind of person you are – it matters what team you barrack for. The War Weekender is the social event of the year, where local towns unite in the ultimate battle – a football game and mighty booze-fest. In Lysa’s small town, the 2017 War Weekender changes everything.

Held on the 21st of January, the day women all over the world amassed to protest a Trump-led free world, Lysa rallies the women in surrounding towns to stage an epic protest in solidarity with their international sisters and allies. The thing is, only three girls show up…

Led by a fierce female chorus of women who fling us through the past in order to prove that the future really is female, Claire Christian’s fury fuelled dramedy is inspired by the original battle of the sexes, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata.

“I’m thinking of this as my version of a sports action movie. Like, Claire Christian and Aristophanes do Mighty Ducks. Think girls, glitter, Gatorade, the crippling complexity of gender politics – a world where the ‘Flying V’ means something entirely different. Good.” – Claire Christian, Playwright

Cast & creatives

Director Sanja Simic
Designer Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designer Guy Webster
Cast includes Amy Ingram, Hsiao-Ling Tang, Barbara Lowing
with QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts Final Year Acting Students: Clementine Anderson, Morgan Francis, Samantha Lush, Tatum Mottin and Tania Vukicevic

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Meet Assistant Creative Maddie Nixon

Maddie Nixon is a Brisbane based writer, dramaturg and stage manager. Since graduating from the Queensland University of Technology (BFA Drama and DipEd Senior Years), Maddie’s artistic practice has focused on the development of new contemporary work and theatre for young people. Most recently, Maddie took part in in Queensland Theatre’s 2017 Young Playwrights Program, mentored by Maxine Mellor. In 2015, she participated in ATYP’s Fresh Ink Program in Sydney, mentored by Saffron Benner. This year, Maddie will participate in La Boite’s annual Assistant Creatives Program as an Assistant Dramaturg on Claire Christian’s Lysa & The Freeborn Dames.

Maddie’s credits include, as Playwright: Cooladdi (Queensland Theatre and ATYP), Food Fight (ATYP), The Parable People (FAST). As Contributing Writer: The Children’s Monologue’s (Digi Youth Arts). As Dramaturg: England (Matt Seery, Nathan Booth and Metro Arts). As Production Manager: Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance, Cargo Club (Metro Arts and Centre for Australasian Theatre), The Voice in The Walls (Imaginary Theatre). As Stage Manager: Blue Bones (Playlab), The 7 Stages of Grieving (Grin + Tonic, Queensland Theatre). As Assistant Stage Manager: Medea (La Boite Theatre Company).

Maddie is Assistant Creative on Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, and is also our stage manager for The Dead Devils of Cockle Creek. Welcome to the team Maddie.

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Lysa and the Freeborn Dames insights with writer Claire Christian

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