This new Australian comedy, featuring a cast of five fabulous women, is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles.

Overview

WORLD PREMIERE

Appleton is a small country town being forced into the present with a recent influx of wealthy city slickers, treechangers and refugees. Simmering tensions come to a head when new GP Penny Anderson discovers that the famous Appleton Potato Race awards $1000 prize money for the men, and a measly $200 for the women. When Penny decides to take steps to restore gender parity and coax Appleton into the 21st century, little could she have anticipated the spiralling, hilarious culture war that would follow.

Inspired by real life events, THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles. Featuring a cast of five fabulous women including Sharon Millerchip (SHIRLEY VALENTINE), Valerie Bader, Merridy Eastman (A HISTORY OF FALLING THINGS), Sapidah Kian and Amber McMahon (TRIBES), this brand new Australian play will be brought to life by director Priscilla Jackman.

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Adult$73$80
Seniors$70$77
Pensioners$66$71
Under 30s & Full-time students$38$43
MEAA members$43$43
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Reviews

“Full of good humour and extremely sharp character observations… recommended to anyone… who enjoys cracking comedy theatre.” The Stage UK (for THE VEGEMITE TALES)

Cast & Creatives
Melanie Tait

Melanie Tait

Playwright

Priscilla Jackman

Priscilla Jackman

Director & Dramaturg

Felicity Nicol

Felicity Nicol

Assistant Director

Jane Fitzgerald

Jane Fitzgerald

Dramaturg

Valerie Bader

Valerie Bader

Cast

Merridy Eastman

Merridy Eastman

Cast

Sapidah Kian

Sapidah Kian

Cast

Amber McMahon

Amber McMahon

Cast

Sharon Millerchip

Sharon Millerchip

Cast

Michael Scott-Mitchell

Michael Scott-Mitchell

Set Designer

Genevieve Graham

Genevieve Graham

Costume Designer

Karen Norris

Karen Norris

Lighting Designer

Tegan Nicholls

Tegan Nicholls

Composer and Sound Designer

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Stage Manager

Alira McKenzie-Williams

Alira McKenzie-Williams

Assistant Stage Manager

Hannah Lobelson

Hannah Lobelson

Costume Supervisor

DIRECTOR'S NOTE

THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE is a comedy about our relationship to both history and change.  Through the lens of five female characters living in rural Australia we look in on ourselves as a nation. It’s a funny play with a huge heart that is not afraid to pack a punch. It is about rejection and acceptance; seeing the world as it really is, warts and all, and at the same time, daring to ask if it can be something more.  We’ve been dreaming big through our little play.

In the 21st century, we, as Australians, are continually stepping-up to participate in global conversations, around privilege and gender parity – THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE gently provokes conversation around owning and celebrating our past while continuing to question our relationship with generational and social/political change.

This is a play that will entertain, reflect who we are and also ask questions about who we are becoming as Australians. More than anything though, THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE will be a cracking great night at the theatre!

Priscilla Jackman – Director

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