About the show
LA BOITE AND QUT CREATIVE INDUSTRIES PRESENT
LYSA AND THE FREEBORN DAMES
BY CLAIRE CHRISTIAN
We are anger meeting action,
Strike a match – a fire’s lit.
Political has to be practical,
Can’t believe we’re still protesting this shit.
Lysa King is nineteen and angry. She has come home after a year away, where she has seen revolution happen everywhere in the wake of the Women’s Marches – everywhere but home. Lysa takes matters into her own hands by staging an epic protest on the biggest night of the year…except only three of her friends and a plucky young policeman show up.
This wasn’t exactly what she had in mind.
Hours later, trapped in the local football club, Lysa is faced with a difficult decision – will she dig her heels in for the sake of change, even if it burns every bridge she’s ever walked?
Led by a fierce chorus of senior women, this fury fuelled dramedy centres on a young woman who’s on the cusp of her political awakening, grappling with the significance of legacy and self-empowerment in the face of adversity. Inspired by Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Christian lands us in the present with this hilarious, messy, and glitter-filled response to the power of women globally.
Following the success of her debut novel Beautiful Mess in 2017, Claire Christian makes her La Boite debut with this razor-sharp exploration of power, possibility, and female politics.
Chatterbox: Wednesday 1 August
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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
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Cast and creatives
Director Sanja Simic
Designer Anthony Spinaze
Lighting Designer Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Designer Guy Webster
Cast includes Cast includes Hsiao-Ling Tang, Barbara Lowing, Roxanne McDonald, Hugh Parker with QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts Final Year Acting Students: Clementine Anderson, Jackson Bannister, Morgan Francis, Samantha Lush, Tatum Mottin and Tania Vukicevic.
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.
Lysa and the Freeborn Dames insights with writer Claire Christian