Entering the Regional Scene with a Contemporary Lysistrata

Vahri Mckenzie

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LYS: What’s that babbling down there? Someone trying to penetrate our stronghold?1 How does an independent contemporary theatre maker enter a regional milieu dominated by repertory clubs, large-scale touring shows, and light opera? I found my answer in the form of a community production of Lysistrata grounded in a rigorous process that values collaboration and egalitarianism, embodied knowledge and improvisation. These qualities exemplify an everyday notion of ‘resilience’, the ability to rebound and recover. I directed and choreographed a contemporary adaptation of Aristophanes’ Old Comedy that was presented at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre’s Cube Theatre in July 2015. This paper will address the application of my ongoing research enquiry into collaborative creative practice, which I call Underscore Alchemy, to a performance outcome. I will discuss resilience in the methodology employed, and of the people who participated in the work’s creation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilience: revive, restore, reconnect: Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) 2016 Conference Proceedings
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9780994618405
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference ADSA 2016 : Resilience: Revive, Restore, Reconnect - University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21 Jun 201624 Jun 2016


ConferenceAustralasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference ADSA 2016
Abbreviated titleADSA 2016


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