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Last night I was present at the birth of a new theatre company. Many are born, but some are sickly and die in infancy. Dionysus, however, is a strong, healthy and beautiful baby – conceived in love and passion for theatre. Its mother is Emma Sproule, an exciting young director and winner of last year’s Victorian Drama League award for Best Director of a Comedy, and the birth was an exciting and joyous occasion… Despite the quality, and the quest for excellence, Dionysus needs community support to grow and prosper.

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A huge thanks to the wonderful Heather Mac from Radio RPPFM for the fantastic interview this morning with 'Lysistrata' Director Emma and for the promo below!
Looking forward to seeing a team from RPPFM at the show!
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Join the team for a very funny night out..

Dionysus Theatre’s countdown to opening night of our 2016 production – 4 DAYS TO GO!

Allow us to introduce to you the next two of our team on our upcoming production of Aristophanes’ ‘Lysistrata’ - Leigh Carter, Sarah Jeffs and Vincent Curlington.

Hell hath no fury like a woman DENIED

When the women of Greece stage a sex strike for peace, sparks fly and comedy ‘pops-up’ everywhere in Lysistrata, a bawdy anti-war comedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, which has kept audiences laughing – and squirming – for over 2500 years.

Lysistrata is the comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to join together to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace treaty (cue anarchy and raucous laughter).

This reimagined interpretation looks at the farcical nature Aristophanes intended and turns it on its head with flair, frolicking good fun and underlying powerful messages throughout. It also explores the evolution of the feminist movement and considers how the women of Aristophanes’ Greece had no political voice or influence, but more than two thousand years later, the suffragette movement was born out of circumstances that were all to eerily familiar.

The play also addresses the well-explored notion of ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ with a healthy balance between caricature and truth. This production is, however, a comedy like no other and with many modern variations on the text, it not only makes it more relevant and accessible, but also bawdy and absolutely hilarious. And with the odd song and dance number thrown in, audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained.

The action will move around and amongst the audience, as it’s cabaret-style seating (BYO nibbles, drinks at bar prices) – you will feel right amongst it!

We want you to have met everyone by the end of our opening weekend so watch this space for the next instalment!

Have you booked your tickets yet? Remember only five performances and limited seating each night. Tables can seat between 6-8 people, bring your friends and laugh together!

Tickets can be purchased through the facebook event:

www.facebook.com/events/988277584629011/

Or directly through ticket host:

tickethost.com.au?Event=1083

Or through our new and improved website:

www.dionysustheatre.com.au

Be warned: this production contains coarse language, sexual references and imagery and partial nudity. Not suitable for patrons under 15 years.
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