November 2017 Archives

30 November 2017

Audio and Video: RNZ Upbeat Interviews Lucy on the set of Pleasuredome

Upbeat Producer Zoe George visited Lucy Lawless on the set of Pleasuredome to talk about art, activism, how it’s tied together in the musical, sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the Hobbit law and what she wants her legacy to be.

You can download the audio interview here

Lucy Lawless: Outspoken



Lucy Lawless is outspoken.

Activism is at the Kiwi actor’s core and it makes up a large part of who she is and her career. Environmental issues have been a huge part of her advocacy and so have LGBTQI+ rights.

In the 1980s immersive-theatre experience Pleasuredome, on in Auckland until Christmas, Lawless shows the world what love is like for the LGBTQI community.

Producer Zoe George visited her on the set of the show to talk about how art and activism are tied together in the musical, sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the Hobbit law and what she wants her legacy to be.

Lucy Lawless is used to putting her body on the line as an actor and as an activist.

She was put through her paces in Xena, and took her body to the front line for Greenpeace protesting oil exploration in the Arctic. Now, she’s putting her body on the line for a different cause.

Lawless plays hedonistic diva Sappho. She says the show has an element of activism in it. “This [show] has two gay love stories and audiences have been positive about it,” she says. “It’s not a show about gay people for gay people … it’s for their parents.

“This is what romance looks like in the gay world. It’s not scary, it’s beautiful.”

To tell important stories, whether it’s on stage or 53 meters up on an oil rig, the most important thing for Lawless is to turn up. “You put your body and your time on the line for causes that you believe in because you want to leave the world better off,” she says. “You put your body on the line when you show up for a protest on Queen Street. Showing up is really critical to indicate to the politicians that you are serious about this.

“These days I’m … more of an activist than an artist. Unless I care about something I can’t really excel at it.”

Pleasuredome has received mixed reviews. Lawless doesn’t read them even though she admits that she tried to get out of the project a few times.

Regardless of the critics, Lawless thinks art doesn’t necessarily have to be about anything in particular. “Sometimes the message is beauty … celebration. It doesn’t have to be to service someone’s agenda.”

Lawless has been fortunate to make a living from creating art. She’s now employing other creatives on projects including Pleasuredome. She’s glad to hear the Labour Government is addressing the Hobbit Law.

Proper pay, not just for creatives, is important to Lawless. She proposes a living wage for everyone. “Minimum wage… especially in America is not acceptable. They can’t live off that,” she says. “It’s not respectful… I don’t mind having less so that I have loyal committed happy employees. You have a better work environment… its good for society.”

It’s not only pay that those in the industry have to worry about. It’s only been a few months since stories of sexual misconduct in Hollywood have appeared. It started with Harvey Weinstein. “I never met the man. I never moved in those circles,” Lawless says. “I’m super grateful … I think it means a good cleanout and [it’s] long overdue.” 

Change will continue to happen in and out of the industry. But for Lawless, she wants to continue the good fight. She has a clear idea what she wants her legacy to be. “The activism, you want to be part of some good change … but show business, I don’t care.”


For more about Lucy's role as Sappho in Pleasuredome Musical head on over to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Pleasuredome subsite



30 November 2017

XIPPPY Featured Artist of the Week: Aiglon!

Aiglon (aka Jazzy) is one of the most talented artists in the Xenaverse! I'm in awe of her talent and have been for a very long time.

Check out her site on AUSXIP



AND SO much more!



27 November 2017

Random Pic from Xena Galleries - Season 1 Episode 09 - Death In Chains

This week's random pic from Season 1, Episode 9 Death in Chains

Credits | Review | Screengrabs | Video Promo | Episode Stills | MaryD's Artwork

Xena (Lucy Lawless) must rescue Hades' sister Celesta (Kate Hodge), the embodiment of Death, from the clutches of King Sisyphus (Ray Henwood) or all mankind will be doomed to eternal life filled with suffering.




19 November 2017

Virtual Xenite Retreat - Come and Join In The Fun!

AUSXIP supported the Xenite Retreat since the first event was held in 2016 where we sponsered the event (AUSXIP and my new company AUSXIP Publishing) and we continue our association leading up to the 2018 event next April. If you can't make it to the real life one in Lake Hughes (seriously, cool - been twice and it's AMAZING!) you can now go to a virtual xenite retreat! Here's what to do:


Go here:

The official group for the virtual Xenite Retreat! We can't promise archery, high ropes, hikes or smores, but we can deliver fun discussions and round tables, Cards Against Humanity (Xena style!), empowerment workshops, even art classes and meditation workshops!

Experience elements from the Xenite Retreat even if you're unable to make it to California. Virtual Xenite Retreat is nothing at all like being at Canyon Creek in April, but it's as close as we can get!

Our goal is to reignite the Xenite community. Engage and encourage your inner Xenite and let your nutball flag fly!!! This is the place to be if you're looking for an engaging and inclusive group for all things XENA!

Battle on!

Go here:



19 November 2017

First Look at New Xena Comic From Dynamite

Dynamite will be releasing the new Xena comics and BleedingCool had the news about it!

Cover A: David Finch | Cover B: Vicente Cifuentes | Writer: Meredith Finch | Art: Vicente Cifuentes

The path to redemption is never easy, and the journey of a warrior princess seeking to wash the blood of innocents from her hands is no exception. Xena travels to Athens, to plead for redemption in the temple of Eleos. But some things can never be forgiven and the shadows of past sins are long. Will Xena find redemption or betrayal waiting for her in the temple of the gods? The power, the passion, the danger… her courage would change the world. Xena: Warrior Princess.





17 November 2017

New Official Pleasuredome Images Released

Oh my goodness this brings back so many great memories from watching the show in October. I’m heading back in December to catch a few more shows. Can’t wait!

Sappho is one of Lucy’s best roles. In my opinion her best roles are: Xena, Lucretia, Cheryl from The Darkroom movie and there is Sappho. Lucy was born to play those roles. If you have not gone to see Pleasuredome and you can make the trek to New Zealand, go. It’s a superb show.

For more about Lucy's role as Sappho in Pleasuredome Musical head on over to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Pleasuredome subsite















For more about Lucy's role as Sappho in Pleasuredome Musical head on over to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Pleasuredome subsite



16 November 2017

Lucy Congratulates and Celebrates Australian Vote for Marriage Equality

The survey vote for Marriage equality in Australia was announced yesterday. 61.6% (I love that number) voted YES for marriage equality. Lucy sent her congratulations. Pleasuredome had a mini gay pride parade in honour of the Marriage Equality vote. 




9 November 2017

What's So Great About New Zealand?

30-Day-New-Zealand-Cruise-Control-Package.pngA US newspaper, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 6 November 2017, had a look at the far off land called New Zealand:


Population: 4.6 million

Capital: Wellington 

Official languages: English, Maori, New Zealand Sign Language

Geographic area: 103,799 square miles (nearly twice the size of Arkansas) 

Number of schools: 2,539

Famous natives: Lucy Lawless (actress), Ernest Rutherford (scientist, pioneer of nuclear physics), Lorde (contemporary singer/songwriter), Edmund Hillary (mountaineer, first nonnative to reach the summit of Mount Everest)

Fun fact: "Kiwi" is the nickname for a person from New Zealand. It comes from the name of a flightless bird native to the country.



3 November 2017

Ash Vs Evil Dead Official Trailer–Ruby Version

Here’s the new Season 3 trailer of Ash Vs Evil Dead with just Lucy as Ruby. The full version is here

For more about Lucy's role as Ruby in Ash vs Evil Dead head on over to AUSXIP Lucy Lawless Ash Vs Evil Dead subsite