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Ladies in Black - Villanova Players Theatre Company

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A lass from the ‘burbs meets salami and spreads her wings
Villanova Players was formed in 1948 and has been producing plays and nurturing the theatrical talents of the people of Brisbane for over seventy years. Their latest production is Ladies In Black, which I was fortunate to catch on opening night.

An Australian musical with music and lyrics by Tim Finn, Ladies In Black is based on the 1993 novel by Madeleine St John called The Women In Black. You may be familiar with the movie released last year.

Set in Sydney in 1959, the musical tells the story of school leaver, Lisa, who joins the sales staff in a fashionable department store as a temp over the Christmas school holidays. Lisa is a studious girl despite hailing from a family that thought she should have left school two years earlier to join the workforce. Her employment in the fashion department allows Lisa the opportunity to widen her view of the world working alongside women from different backgrounds and she is taken under the wing by a stylish and worldly European immigrant who introduces her to new foods and parties and encourages her love of literature.

The musical deals in a gentle and entertaining way with some serious issues such as the friction between the old Australians and the new migrants from Europe, the struggle for women to gain access to higher education, and the limited expectations of a woman's role in society.

The colourful characters and truly fun choreography make this production well worth seeing despite the initial sound hiccups we experienced. The story is fast-paced and engaging and unlike some musicals, I wasn't at any time thinking when will this ever end ...

According to the program this musical "Contains some very funny rude language, no swearing, some kissing, and some stunning frocks." True - the frocks are just gorgeous.

Tickets are available from Trybooking here, and note, if you use the password mentioned on the website here,there's a further discount.

Adults $25
Concessions/ Students $20
Children Under 15 $15
Group Bookings 10 $18

Performances are scheduled as follows:

Saturday 2nd November 2pm Matinee
Saturday 2nd November 7:30pm
Sunday 3rd November 2pm Matinee
Friday 8th November 7:30pm
Saturday 9th November 2pm Matinee
Saturday 9th November 7:30pm
Sunday 10th November 2pm Matinee

The Ron Hurley Theatre, at the corner of Tallowood Street and Griffin Terrace, Seven Hills, is a comfortable and pleasant performance space with onsite parking.

Ladies In Black is inexpensive and quality entertainment with a passionate, high energy cast. Well worth seeing!

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Phone: Maria Thompson. 07 3391 7180
Where: Ron Hurley Theatre, Tallowood Street and Griffin Terrace, Seven Hills
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I loved the book, the live theatre version would be even better! Villanova Players have such a prestigious and long-standing reputation.
by Gretchen (score: 0|8) 288 days ago
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