WW archiveIssue 470
06 March 2003
Lysistrata is a renowned anti-war play by Aristophanes - the Athenian playwright who lived over the years 448-388 BC. Old in terms of time, his play is certainly not out of date politically. Recognising the contemporary power of Lysistrata, artists throughout the world put on performances of the play on March 3 as part of a coordinated protest against the US-UK war against Iraq. The play was seen by audiences in four continents, showing the possibilities for far-reaching international cultural engagement as part of the new and exciting period that is opening up. Artists Against the War staged Lysistrata with Doug Holton as director at the Unitarian Church, Newington Green. Afterwards Anne Mc Shane talked to actor Zoe Simon about her involvement and the role for artists in the fight against the war
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