Lysistrata – Spring 2016

Lysistrata – Spring 2016 

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Feedback so far...

"All I can say is wow! These people are so talented, and managed to put together a wonderful performance. It was bawdy, rude and dangerously funny." - Bella Godden Melendez - sixth form student at Cheney School

"I thought the cast brought off a hugely difficult task with enormous energy, panache and talent – and the physicality of the production really made the play exciting to watch."- Dr Gary Snapper

"Excellent!! I was centre of front row and in pain from laughing! Converted husband to Greek comedy!" - Helen King

"You can count on the fingers of one hand the talented cast capable of enacting this saga. The five actors play multiple characters, switching roles and even genders when required, and maintaining the tempo of this energetic piece" -  Jim Gillespie, Reviews Hub, Buxton Opera House

"Thanks to the Actors of Dionysus for a glorious evening: an uproarious, raunchy, rumbustious romp - larger than life, on every front!" - Heather Dalitz, East Oxford Community Classics Centre

"amazing...non stop laughter - didn't know what was coming next" - Taylor Jeal, Worthing College

"So funny - brilliant and a great modern twist" - Henry Marshall, Worthing College

Lysistrata 2016 February – March Tour Dates

22nd – Worthing College 4.30pm & 8pm
23rd - East Oxford Community Classics Centre 8pm *
24th – Buxton Opera House, 7.30pm
25th – Manchester Grammar, 2pm 
26th – Kings School, Worcester, 7pm 
29th – Kings Bruton, Somerset, 7.30pm

1st – Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 7.30pm
2nd – The Broadway, Barking, 7.30pm
3rd & 4th – Winchester Theatre Royal, 7.30pm
5th - Roedean School, Brighton 7.30pm 
7th & 8th – New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 7.30pm
9th -  Sandpit Theatre, St Albans, 7.30pm 
10th – Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 7.30pm
11th – Wickersley School, Rotherham, 7.30pm
12th - The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 8pm
14th - Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm
15th & 16th – Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (7.30pm on 15th; 1pm & 7.30pm on 16th)
17th – Guildhall Art Centre, 7.30pm
18th – Brewhouse Theatre, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm
21st - St Francis Xavier College, Clapham, London, 4.15pm & 7.30pm (NB additional matinée added by popular demand).
22nd – Millfield Theatre, London (1.15pm & 7.45pm)
23rd – Castle Wellingborough, 7.30pm
24th – Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 7.30pm

Director: Tamsin Shasha
Adapted by David Stuttard
Assistant Director: Deirdre Daly
Technical Manager: Bethan Hughes
Lighting Design: Joe Wailes
Set Design: Dora Schweitzer
Set Builder: Graham Bryant
Painter: Kelly Tucker
Costume assistant: Wiktor Urbanowicz

Lysistrata – Andrea Newland
Magistrate/Chorus – Mark Katz
Fanny/Chorus – Lizzie Buckingham
Nikki/Chorus – Laura Evelyn
Ambassador/Clare/Chorus – Colin Kiyani

  • Theatre credits include MilkMilkLemonade (Ovalhouse Theatre); The Girl with the Iron Claws (tour & Arcola Theatre); Once Upon A Christmas for Look Left Look Right; NewsRevue (Canal Cafe); Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre); Stiffed! written by the Political Editors of The Sun and Metro (Tabard Theatre); Player Queen in Hamlet u/s run (Donmar); Lady Capulet/Paris in Shakespeare For Breakfast (C Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe). Her improv credits include The One Hour Plays, This Is Soap and BattleActs! (Edinburgh Fringe & Leicester Square Theatre). She is one third of online comedy sketch group Bloody Comedy and one half of (webseries) Joan & May – check @lauraevelyn1 for the latest instalments.
  • Andrea trained at Webber Douglas graduating in 1995. Recent work includes: Feature films: Topdog, Westover, The Shouting Men, Dead Man Running, Tormented. TV: Emmerdale (ITV), Holby City (BBC), Grange Hill (BBC), Switch (BBC), Absolutely True (Channel 4). Theatre includes: Taking Steps (Emporium & tour), The Government Inspector, Dream Street (both Jam Theatre Company), Playing God & Ladies Night (both Soho Theatre), The Exception and the Rule (The Young Vic), Mother Courage (Graeae), The Love of a Good Man (Union Theatre), The Needle’s Eye (The King’s Head), Henry V (Arundel Festival), Junk (Oxford Stage Company), Huckleberry Finn (Northampton & No1 tour) Once a Catholic (Leatherhead & No1 tour) for the Original Shakespeare Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Twelfth Night. Summer Seasons ‘95 & ‘98 at Frinton Summer Theatre weekly rep. Radio: Doctor Who: Dalek Empire - The Apocalypse Element (Big Finish),Vital Signs (BBV)
  • Mark has worked for Actors of Dionysus both as an actor and workshop leader for more than 20 years. He trained at ALRA. Theatre includes national tours of Trojan Women, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Wind in the Willows, Antigone, Jungle Book, Titus Andronicus, Great Expectations, Lysistrata, Hard Chair Stories at Brighton Festival, Now is The Hour at The Edinburgh Festival Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes and many more. He has just finished filming a new feature “Waking David” and other Film and TV work includes the feature film “Connected”, and appearances on Radio 3 and 4 drama, BAFTA nominated childrens TV “Persuasion”, short films and TV commercials. He has performed regularly in sketch comedy and cabaret shows.
  • Colin Kiyani is a recent Musical Theatre graduate from the Urdang Academy where his credits whilst training included The Baker in The Bakers Wife, Emcee in Cabaret, and Hamlet in What’s in a Name - Shakespeare Shorts. Theatre credits include Nick Piazza in Fame (EU Tour), Teen Angel in Grease (EU Tour), Prince Charming in Cinderella and Aladdin in Aladdin both for Harrogate Theatre, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet (UK Tour) and recently Melchior in Spring Awakening (Young Actors Theatre). Colin first worked with AOD in September performing the title role in Alexandros and is delighted to work with them again on Lysistrata.
  • Lizzie trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance followed by the Urdang Academy. Training credits include Gertrude in Seussical the Musical and The Baker's Wife in The Baker's Wife. Lizzie's professional credits include Aladdin in Eva Long Productions Pantomime (tour), Chorus in Hippolytus (The Hope Theatre), Scout in The Den (Swan Wharf), featured dancer in White Cane (film), Laura in Auditions The Musical (The Headgate Theatre) and Joanna in Love Lost (The Chelsea Theatre). Lizzie played Cassandra in AOD's Paris Alexandros in 2015 and is looking forward to returning for Lysistrata.

Suitable for ages 14 and over.
Contains strong language and comic scenes of an adult nature.
Running time: 70 mins.

School workshops available.

*For East Oxford Community Classics Centre tickets (£15 or £12 student/concession) or queries contact Tamsin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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