Revenge of the Amazons by Jean Betts (1983)

Based on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, (with the mechanicals as a female theatre troupe and Oberon falling for a ‘hard line feminist Easter bunny’), this is an hilarious reworking of Shakespeare’s play. Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, has conquered Theseus and will marry him in short order. In the current climate of the “#MeToo” campaign and the rising number of stories of sexual exploitation in the arts, it is timely to include an excerpt from “Revenge of the Amazons”. Now 35 years old, this play reverses the power in gender politics.

About Jean 

Jean is a founding member of Circa and Taki Rua Theatres, Playmarket, The Play Press and the Womens Play Press. She started out as an actor and director and has considerable professional experience both in New Zealand and away and a long association with all of Wellington’s theatres in other capacities. Jean was the 2015 recipient of the Playmarket Award, a $20,000 prize recognising a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand.

Both ‘Revenge of the Amazons’ and ‘Ophelia Thinks Harder’ are on the NZQA Prescribed Playwrights list for Scholarship Drama.

Additional links: