Lysistrata: The Sex Strike
Original by Aristophanes
Adapted by Germaine Greer (With additional dialogue from Phil Willmott)
Aristophanes’ classic comedy retold in a bang up to the minute way. The world’s leading feminist raconteur, polemicist and wit plunders the archetypal story of female resistance in this anti-war play…
This new version of the ancient tale gives the battle of the sexes an outing full of fun, farce and innuendo.
“…fast, broad, silly and profound…” The Independent On Sunday
“…wonderfully fragrant, upper crust Lysistrata…” The Guardian
“treads expertly between the tremendous and the tacky.” The Observer
“leaves the audience gasping for much much more.” The Independent
About the authors
Germaine Greer is an Australian-born English writer and feminist who championed the sexual freedom of women and has become known for her outspoken opinions.
Greer was educated at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney, then achieved a doctorate in 1967 in literature at the University of Cambridge. She wrote for the magazine Oz and lectured, until publication of The Female Eunuch (1970). Greer debated author Norman Mailer on the topic of women’s liberation in April 1971 at New York City’s Town Hall, filmed and made into a documentary called Town Bloody Hall.
Greer’s books include The Obstacle Race: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work (1979), Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984), The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause (1991), and Slip-shod Sibyls: Recognition, Rejection, and the Woman Poet (1995), The Whole Woman (1995). Her revisionist biography of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s Wife (2007), was well received by critics. In her memoir White Beech: The Rainforest Years (2013) she recounts her work to restore a rainforest.
Also known as “The Father of Comedy”, Aristophanes depicted the life of ancient Athens and ridiculed authority leading to a case of slander brought by Plato which led to Socrates death. Aristophanes’ second play, The Babylonians (now lost), was denounced too by Cleon but details of the trial are unknown and Aristophanes went on to caricature Cleon in his subsequent plays, especially The Knights. see more