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Lizzie's Charter on Monday 15th - Monday 22nd October 2018
Lizzie Carter is looking forwards to her retirement. After all, 60 is the new 50 isn’t it? What with working full time and looking after the grandchildren, supporting her struggling, grown-up children and caring for elderly parents, Lizzie is looking forwards to drawing her well-earned pension and being able to take things a bit easier.
But this is Torytown and the tousle-haired Mayor, Boris DePiffle, has other ideas. His dodgy chums at the Torytown Building Society have had their fingers in the till (again), leaving a massive hole in the budget and he has hatched a plan to bail them out before anyone notices. Aided and abetted by his ambitious old school friend and Chief Finance Officer, Gideon Poshboy, Boris decides to steal the pensions from the people who are (he thinks) least likely to fight back: All the women in Torytown who are turning sixty. In the name of ‘Equality’ the goalposts are not just moved, they’re uprooted and thrown out of the ground!
Lizzie and her friends Veronica and Marina decide there’s only one thing to do: Go on strike! They hatch a plot to occupy the Town Hall and force Boris and his gang to come to their senses. But fighting the forces of evil without hurting anyone isn’t so easy. The women will need all their skill and courage to win the battle against the ‘Public School Brigade’.
As the war progresses both sides resort to dirty tricks and deception, but there can only be one winner. Will the WASPI women of Torytown defeat the forces of privilege and misogyny and claim what is rightfully theirs? There’s only one way to find out!
Very loosely based on ‘Lysistrata’ by Aristophanes ‘Lizzie’s Charter’
Runs: 15th -23rd October 2018 at the 3MT Manchester M1 1JG
Written By Diane Rimmer and John Topliff (with additional material from Lynn Touil)
Directed by Gina T Frost
Produced by SixtySomething Productions & The Manchester Shakespeare Company 2018
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