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World Premiere, Commissioned by MA Music Theatre

A new musical by Helen Watts and David Merriman, after Aristophanes

Director - Bill Bankes-Jones

Musical Director - Julian Kelly

Designer - Colin Mayes

Movement/Fight Director - Yarit Dor

Composer - David Merriman

Writer - Helen Watts

Singing Coach - Maria Huesca

Stage Manager - Hannah Roy

Deputy Stage Manager - Tasha Dubowski

Rehearsal Repetiteurs - Nick Barstow, Oran Doyle

Lighting Designer - Sam Smith

Production Manager - Phil Rowe

Sound Designer - Harry Barker

Sound Engineer - Peter Eltringham

Costume Supervisor - Carmel Hall

MA Music Theatre Course Leader - Professor Paul Barker

Performed by - MA Music Theatre students

Venue - Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


‘Sex is a weapon’

Ravaged by war, the men are disillusioned and unsure any more of what they are fighting for. The women meanwhile hold the fort, but with their families in tatters.

Lysistrata has a plan to put an end to the senseless fighting, but it comes at a high price... Can the women of Greece do it? Will the men succumb? Who will come out on top?

To the best of our knowledge the above image is in the ‘public domain’.


Lysistrata - Eilannin Black*, Haley Catherine**

Kalonike - Libby Rodliffe

Eirene (Peace) - Holly Sayer

Myrrhine - Sally Lloyd*, Maria Leon**

Hermaphroditus - Neil Cameron

Lampito - Claudio González Ravanal

Ismenia - Monika Valkunaite*, Nora Perone**

Charmion - Emily Potts

Eumelia - Jen Coles

Sostrate - Shannon Evison

Alessandra - Drou Constantinou

Metrodora - Leanne Talbot

Theron - Laura Meaton

Cleon - Elle Daniel

Pyrrhus - Ciara Murphy

Argyros - Abby Restall

Commissioner - Nora Perone*, Monika Valkunaite**

Policeman 1 - Neil Cameron

Policeman 2 - Emily Potts

Policeman 3 - Monika Valkunaite*, Nora Perone**

The Oracle - Leanne Talbot

Kinesias - Holly Sayer

Slave - Claudio González Ravanal

Auxentius (Spartan Herald) - Maria Leon*, Sally Lloyd**

Armistice Commissioner - Neil Cameron

Athenian Leader - Emily Potts

Sentry - Monika Valkunaite*, Nora Perone**

Drunk Citizen - Abby Restall

Swings - Jen Coles, Drou Constantinou, Elle Daniel, Neil Cameron, Ciara Murphy

* Tuesday 12 May 2.00pm, Wednesday 13 May 7.00pm, Thursday 14 May 2.00pm
** Tuesday 12 May 7.00pm, Wednesday 13 May 2.00pm, Thursday 14 May 7.00pm

Student Production Team

Assistant Director - Sinead O’Callaghan

Sound #1 - Jack Lord

Sound #2 - Tom Matthews

Sound #3 - Bethany Taylor

Sound #3 - David Sonubi

Assistant Sound Designer - Laura Gingell

Sound Engineer - Curtis Chadwick


Reeds (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone) - Carl Raven

Bass Guitar - Douglas Grannell

Drums / Percussion - Gareth Roberts

Keyboard / Musical Director - Julian Kelly


Box Office

Monday – Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm
Saturday, 12.00pm – 2.30pm
Additional opening on performance nights 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Telephone: 020 7722 8183
Email: boxoffice@cssd.ac.uk

Tickets should be collected 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Latecomers may not be admitted until there is a suitable break.

Please ensure that all mobile phones and pagers are switched off. Video and audio recording and flash photography are not permitted. No food or drink is allowed in the performance space.

Approximate running time: 1 hour 30 minutes, including a 15 minute interval.

Venue Location

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Eton Avenue
Swiss CottageLondon NW3 3HY

Event price

£10 / £5 concessions / Complimentary tickets: industry and associated professionals

Event dates

12 May 2015 - 3:00pm

12 May 2015 - 8:00pm

13 May 2015 - 3:00pm

13 May 2015 - 8:00pm

14 May 2015 - 3:00pm

14 May 2015 - 8:00pm