By Aristophanes. Tempest. Directed by Susie Conte. The Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre. WA. 10 - 14 July, 2018

Feminist theatre company tempest presents Lysistrata, written in 411BC, at least in part as a comment on femininity, sex, power and politics in 2018.

A condensed version of Aristophanes’ classic, the aesthetic is unapologetically pink and pretty, while the vibe is power. Featuring an all-female cast, this production, running a little under an hour, draws from contemporary catch phrases and situations.

An opening montage features some inspirational voices including those of Hilary Clinton, Viola Davis, Oprah Winfrey and Jane Fonda, paired with beautiful imagery on stage. The show also includes a moving rendition of the song QUIET by Milck.

Recent WAAPA graduate Stephanie Somerville is excellent in the title role, bringing a mix of strength, sexiness and stubbornness to the leader of the world’s most famous sex strike. Amy Welsh is warm and funny as Kalonike, and her red tie attired Trump-like politician is a highlight. Natalie di Risio gives elegance to Stratyllis. Sumari Botha is picture perfect as Lampito - a fine example of Spartan physical form, and her doubling as the sex starved husband of Imogen Rose Flint’s strong Myrrhine is one of the show’s funniest scenes.

Tempest’s take on Lysistrata is funny, relevant and well-presented while remaining loyal to the classic text. Attracting capacity audiences, move quickly to grab a ticket during this short run.

Kimberley Shaw

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