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  • Playwright


  • Adapted / Translated From


  • Author Notes

    Adapted by Smock Alley from Aristophanes 'The Thesmophoriazusae', also known as 'The Poet and the Woman'.
  • Synopsis

    A comedy about a man in drag infiltrating a women-only gathering, the nature of which is a closely guarded secret.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.

Original Production

Original Cast  
Agathon David Heap
Sythian Malcolm Douglas
Cleisthenes Malcolm Douglas
The Woman from Acharnae Malcolm Douglas
Mnesilochus Gerard Walsh
Philista Derek Chapman
Sostrate Derek Chapman
Euripides Derek Chapman
Lysilla Kate Thompson
Servant Olwen Fouéré
Magistrate David Heap
Xenylla David Heap
Timoclea Susie Kennedy
Production Team  
Designer Monica Frawley
Musical Director Eithne Tinney
Special Effects Gabby Dowling
Production Manager Jim Doran (1)
Props Master Gabby Dowling

Unpublished Scripts

Rights Information

  • Not Available

Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was taken from the 1985 Dublin Theatre Festival programme.