Icarus, Ariadne and Phaedra are in hell. Literally. Now they’re uniting to smash the patriarchy for a second shot at life and asking why, two thousand years later, the same questions are being asked of them.
In a retelling of three intertwined Greek myths, Icarus (now a young woman) has fallen from the sky to her death. In a trial to determine where she’ll spend eternity, Icarus is forced to examine the events which led to her flight and defend her choices. But how can she give her defence when history, the justice system and language itself is not designed for women?
Playful, provocative and poetic at times, The Dissent fuses mythology with prose and parody to explore injustice, the language of the patriarchy and the role it plays in gender-based violence.
Named after the ancient Greek goddess of justice, Themis Theatre is an all-female collective founded in 2021 on a commitment to centring women’s voices. Its co-founders, collaborative theatremakers Ruby Blue Tansey-Thomas, Libby Boyd and Charlotte Boyle, aim to make theatre that’s unapologetic, raw and impassioned. Themis Theatre’s work takes on traditional Greek myths, retelling the stories with a modern twist as a tool to examine ongoing issues faced by women and, ultimately, channelling trauma into theatre as an act of protest.
Beyond performance, Themis Theatre run scratch evenings and networking events for female-identifying creatives to share work in a safe space. We also run workshops surrounding the themes the plays focus upon.
Press & Reviews
"A clear and complex web that is a joy to be caught in, while also being roused to escape. It’s a crafted show that feels age-old and urgently relevant."
"An entertaining show with both witty charisma and a passion for having such an allegory be told."
Cast & Creative Team Cast:
Phaedra/Minos: Ruby Blue Tansey-Thomas
Icarus/Theseus: Libby Boyd
Ariadne/Daedalus: Charlotte Boyle