Rehearsals began this week for this year’s summer production from the Cyprus Theatre Organisation, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, performed in a translation by Kostas Tachtsis and directed by Marios Mettis.
Lysistrata, Aristophanes’ most anti-war and arguably most daring play, which was first performed at the Lenaia festival in 411 BC, was a final, urgent clarion call for political action amidst the crisis that Athens had been facing since the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War. Aristophanes masterfully uses all the tried and tested tools of comedy, most notably the sexually charged banter that provokes and challenges the audience, essentially advocating female sensitivity and insight in opposition to the cynical and ultimately failed strategy of the men who monopolise power.
Director Marios Mettis illuminates the uninhibited language and highly sexual mood of the play's characters, working with a consummate team of creatives and actors to produce a joyous and provocative show that reimagines Aristophanes’ world through a subversive directorial eye.
The production premieres on 21 June 2023, at the School for the Blind “Makarios III Amphitheatre. Detailed information about the performances in Nicosia and the tour schedule will be announced soon.
Translation: Kostas Tachtsis
Directed and adapted by: Marios Mettis
Set design: Alexis Vagianos
Costume design: Eleni Ioannou
Music, Music coach, On-stage music: Anastasia Dimitriadou (Nama Dama)
Movement: Eva Kalomoiri
Directing assistant: Michalis Kolokotronis
Design assistant: Ifigenia Avraam
Constantinos Andronikou, Christiana Artemiou, Riana Athanasiou, Grigoris Georgiou, Mando Giannikou, Stelios Kallistratis, Anthi Kasinou, Giorgos Kyriakou, Andrea Mavrou, Yiannis Minos, Athina Moustaka, Loizos Papageorgiou, Themis Ppolou, Eleni Sidera, Kostas Tekkis, Konstantinos Tsitsios, Marios Zardavas
Special thanks to Loizos Papageorgiou for his valuable help for the choreography of the performance.