This is the famous anti-war story in which the women of Athens broker a peace between their city-state and its enemies through refusing sexual favours to their men. It can also be viewed as a feminist tract and has often been staged as such in the past few decades. Mitch Mitchelson’s production incorporates elements of both viewpoints in a modern-dress setting where a scaffolding plays the part of city walls and the broad jokes and fake phalluses of the satyr plays take their rightful place.
Tamsin Shasha is very good as the title character, from her first interruption of the procession of fallen soldiers’ coffins to the acceptance of Remembrance commemorations at the end. In between she whips her occasionally reluctant co-conspirators into line ¬(Kali Hughes and Lindsay Sharman) and runs both metaphorical and actual rings around the pompous men who think they’re on top (Kieran Garland and Mark Katz). Greek at school was never as naughty and so much fun as this.