Lysa and the Freeborn Dames Theatre Review

Do dreams really come true? Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, written by Claire Christian and directed by Sanja Simić, takes a multiple scenario look at the progress or lack of in the equalisation of womens rights and the rights of the marginalised. It is told through the prism of small town life with its established traditions and a local football club.

Three angelic women (Barbara Lowing, Roxanne McDonald and Hsiao-Ling Tang) play host and impart words of wisdom to both actor and audience. Their words are part truth, part humour and always cut to the heart of the matter. The laughs keep the lessons from becoming too heavy while still imparting universal truths.

The play also gives key scenes more than one point of view, often times replaying a scenario with dramatically different outcomes. This gives the audience the ability to experience more than one point of view and thus creates the need to immerse oneself completely in the proceedings.



Is the dream of complete acceptance of women’s rights and fluid gender acceptance an attainable utopia? Do dreams actually come true? If all the sessions were as witty, accessible and humorous as Lysa and the Freeborn Dames, it would be a giant step in the right direction.

Lysa and the Freeborn Dames is playing La Boite until the 11 August – get in quick to grab your tickets!

Photography by Dylan Evans.