"I loved the film," Gwen said. "For those of us in their 60s and above, the situation and state the characters are in is all too familiar. I felt the play would appeal to our more mature patrons while also providing a good laugh for everyone."
Involved with Limelight Theatre since 1983, Gwen has performed – as she puts it – in "too many productions to remember". She was named best actress at Limelight Theatre in 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2006, also scoring the accolade at the 1995 State Drama Festival.
"It goes without saying that a group of strong actors is essential," Gwen said. "The actors must also be able to bounce off each other and work well as an ensemble."
"Cissy was a famous contralto and loved singing in the opera – in her youth, she was beautiful and sexy and greatly admired by men. She had many lovers but never married or had children and remains a kind, caring person who is fun-loving and very sweet. It's a challenging role, in terms of keeping the energy and exuberance up, and memorising the Italian lyrics as well as the script."