Photo Flash: First Look at WOMEN IN POWER at Nuffield Southampton Theatres
Nuffield Southampton Theatres opens the world première of Women in Power on 13 September at Nuffield Southampton Theatres new venue NST City, with previews from 6 September and runs until 29 September.
Women in Power is a brand-new musical comedy based on the Greek classic, The Assemblywomen by Aristophanes. This hilarious reimagining of the original is written by seven of the UK's most influential female voices from the world of poetry, politics, broadcasting, theatre and standup: Wendy Cope, Jenny Eclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi, Jess Phillips MP and Brona C Titley.
Award-winning NST associate Blanche McIntyre (Tonight at 8.30, Noises Off, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, The Norman Conquests, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Writer, Almeida Theatre) directs the show starring Lydia Bewley, Elizabeth Boag, Anna Fordham, Lisa Kerr, Anne Odeke and Alicia McKenzie.
The country is in political turmoil. Recent wars and alliances have left Athenians no option but to take the most extreme action. The most radical: a government of women!
The women storm the Assembly dressed as men, big fake beards, big shoes and a big vision - total equality! A world where power imbalance is eradicated and with it debt, greed and theft. But this has unintended and hilarious consequences.
Aristophanes' Women in Power is turned into a celebration of fun-filled and silly comedy sketches, slapstick, songs, dance, great gags, music and women taking the lead.
Women in Power opens The Bungalow Café Festival a new arts festival in Southampton to celebrate 100 years since the first British Women won the right to vote.
The original Bungalow Cafe stood at 157 Above Bar Street, on the old Tyrrell and Green department store, where NST City stands today. It was the meeting place for The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, before it was destroyed in the Blitz.
Age recommendation 12 +
Tickets are available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or online at nstheatres.co.uk.
Anna Fordham and Lydia Bewley