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The Rape of the Belt

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This play is based (somewhat loosely) on a tale from Greek mythology. Heracles and Theseus, two celebrated heroes, arrive at the Amazons' capital of Themiscyra expecting to battle with the warrior women for possession of their 'Crown Jewels' - a belt belonging to their Queen. However, by clever use of a less well-known mythological name for the Amazon Queen, Benn Levy has created two, Antiope and Hippolyte, to confront and confound the heroes. To add to the confusion Zeus, the 'Top God' and Hera, his wife, add their comments and opinion to the happening and (if they do not approve) change the course of fate; Zeus in favour of the heroes and Hera (a founder of Women's Lib) in favour of the Amazons, with amusing conclusions.


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