Lysa and the Freeborn Dames brings fun, fierceness and feminism to the stage
In the age of #MeToo, #TimesUp and nasty women, it’s hard not to be inspired by the fierce females standing up and speaking out against gender inequality. Although it may not have been on our home turf, one of the turning points in the conversation around feminism and equal rights was the election of one Donald Trump. Heck, it’s not hard to see why – the dude’s a straight-up monster. If we have anything to thank him for, it’s that his presidency seems to have sparked a fire in the belly of many creative individuals all around the world – including that of Claire Christian. The world premiere of her brand-new play Lysa and the Freeborn Dames is about to hit the La Boite Theatre stage, bringing with it a whole heap of grit and girl power.
Written as a bold and powerful response to Aristophanes’ Greek comedy Lysistrata, Lysa and the Freeborn Dames is a perfect 21st century serenade to the powerful global shifts taking place as we speak. Based around the time of the aforementioned human Cheeto’s rise to power, the play is centred around nineteen-year-old Lysa King. After spending a year in the big smoke and witnessing women’s marches and the #metoo movement, she returns home to discover that her tiny hometown seems to have missed the memo. She takes matters into her own hands and organises a massive protest on the biggest night of the year … but only three of her mates and a plucky young policewoman come along for the ride. Trapped in the local footy club, Lysa faces a choice – can she be the one to make a change when it could cut some of her closest ties in the process?
It’s not just a killer storyline that has Lysa and the Freeborn Dames getting people all kinds of excited – the minds behind the show are seriously impressive. The production is a continuation of La Boite’s unique collaboration with QUT Creative Industries, which saw Nick Enright’s powerful Blackrock take the stage last year. Six QUT Bachelor of Fine Arts students will make their stage debuts alongside legends Barbara Lowing, Roxanne McDonald, Hsiao-Ling Tang and Hugh Parker. The team is helmed by the expert directorial skills of Sanja Simić, who brings Claire’s powerful words to live with grace, hilarity and poignancy.
Ready to embrace the feminist revolution? You can grab tickets to Lysa and the Freeborn Dames through La Boite Theatre right now.