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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents


by Sophie Ellerby. Directed by Diyan Zora.
08 - 10 Sep 2022
Running time
60 minutes

"We’re striking. No treatments. No shifts. No seminars."

Between working a zillion part-time jobs and campaigning to save the NHS, sixth year medical student Lysistrata is struggling to stay afloat.

When a viral social media thread calls for all medical students to strike, she knows the perfect place to stage her protest – the local STI clinic. But the students’ sit-in is interrupted by a surprising patient whose personal predicament provides Lysistrata with an opportunity for great political change… an itch too fortuitous not to scratch.

Expect riotous humour, bold characters and blistering wit in this brand new production directed by the Genesis Future Directors Award-winning Diyan Zora. Commissioned by the Lyric for our SPRINGBOARD 2022 trainees, Sophie Ellerby’s Lysistrata takes the spirit of rebellion from Aristophanes’ Greek comedy and places it in our modern world.


SPRINGBOARD is our free part-time training programme that aims to find, shape, inspire, champion and sustain the next generation of performers from underrepresented backgrounds. Click here to find out more about the programme and how you can get involved.

SPRINGBOARD is kindly supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Emmanuel Kaye Foundation.