Women In Power

A brand new raucous comedy with songs, dance, music and women taking the lead! At NST City.

06 September, 2018 - 29 September, 2018

  • wheelchair access
  • signed perfomance
  • hearing enhancement
  • audio description
  • assistance dogs

A Nuffield Southampton Theatres production in association with Oxford Playhouse

Women In Power

Thursday 6th - Saturday 29th September at NST City

Based on The Assembly Women by Aristophanes

Written by Wendy Cope, Jenny Éclair, Suhayala El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi, Jess Phillips, and Brona C Titley

Composed by Tim Sutton

Dramaturgy by Clare Slater

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

Designed by Jasmine Swan

Casting by Annelie Powell CDG

Warnings: Swearing, Poo Jokes and Severe Equality

Suggested age: 12+

Post Show Q+A: Thurs 20th Sept

Stage Insight: Thurs 27th Sept 5:00pm

Access performance: AD/BSL - Sat 29th Sept 2:30pm

390 BC. Athens.

The country is in political turmoil. Recent wars and alliances have left Athenians no option but to take the most extreme action. The most radical: a government of women! 

Strategia masterminds and leads a daring coup d’etat, outlining her utopian vision of total equality to her crowd of cross-dressing collaborators. A world where power imbalance is eradicated and with it debt, greed and theft. But this has unintended and hilarious consequences. 

A raucous new comedy and a reimagining of the original by a team of leading female writers from the world of poetry, broadcasting, theatre and stand up. Combined with an exceptional comic cast and led by our own NST Associate Blanche McIntyre (Tonight at 8.30, Noises Off, Nuffield Southampton Theatres, The Norman Conquest, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Writer, Almeida Theatre) Aristophanes' Women In Power is turned into a celebration of sketches with songs, dance, music and women taking the lead. 



Wendy Cope


Jenny Éclair


Suhayla El-Bushra


Natalie Haynes


Shappi Khorsandi


Jess Phillips


Brona C Titley


Tim Sutton

Composer and Lyricist

Clare Slater


Blanche McIntyre


Jasmine Swan


Katharine Williams

Lighting Designer

Richard Hammarton

Sound Designer

Elizabeth Boag


Annelie Powell

Casting Director

Scott Hurran

Assistant Director


Lydia Rose Bewley

Lydia Rose Bewley

Strategia / Chef

Elizabeth  Boag

Elizabeth Boag

Agathe / Chorus / Unity / Findesiecla / Woman

Anna Fordham

Anna Fordham

Chloe / Chorus / Leader of the Chorus / Herald / Metaxa

Lisa Kerr

Lisa Kerr

Brochitus / Thorax / Interviewer

Alicia McKenzie

Alicia McKenzie

Eirene / Conjunctivitus / Angina

Anne Odeke

Anne Odeke

Damaris / Chorus / Chorus Girl / Cynical Man / Protozoa / Plato