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Secret Bridesmaids' Business at Roleystone Hall

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Matron of honour Angela (Bree Hartley, left), bride-to-be Meg (Elizabeth Elliott), bridesmaid Lucy (Jade Azor) and mother-of-the-bride Colleen (Jay Shaw). Picture: Alex Beckley


If you knew a secret that could shatter a bride's dream the night before her wedding, would you tell? That's the premise of Roleystone Theatre's production of Secret Bridesmaids' Business, written by Elizabeth Coleman and directed by Michelle Ezzy at Roleystone Hall.

The popular comedy is set the night before Meg Bacon's wedding in a hotel with her mother and bridesmaids, ready for one last night of girlie fun. But one lie could change everything – and the bridesmaids have to decide whether to reveal a secret about the groom.

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
James (Sam Barnett, right) pops the question to Meg (Elizabeth Elliott). Picture: Alex Beckley


Secret Bridesmaids' Business was made into a 2002 telemovie with Vince Colosimo while playwright Coleman is also known for It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To). "When I was looking for plays to direct, I was particularly interested in a female-led show with complex characters and Secret Bridesmaids' Business jumped out as being the perfect production," Michelle said. "The end of the show really sealed the deal because I laughed out loud when I read the script."

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
Hartley and Bri Dunn. Picture: Alex Beckley


The main challenge, according to Michelle, is the venue. "It's only the second production we've done in Roleystone Hall so we're still ironing out the kinks," she said.

"Rehearsing in the hall without the acoustic curtains we use during the performances can be difficult, due to the effect it has on sound. But I'm fortunate to have a cast of experienced and talented actors who can cope with projecting their voices more."

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
Director Michelle Ezzy, fourth from left, with Secret Bridesmaids' Business actors Bree Hartley, Jay Shaw, Sam Barnett, Elizabeth Elliott, Jade Azor and Bri Dunn. Picture: Alex Beckley


Michelle began directing in 2016 after taking up a position as music and theatre educator at John Curtin College of the Arts. Since then, she has worked on numerous productions as director, vocal coach and choreographer for productions such as The Addams Family musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr and Guys and Dolls Jr.

But Michelle's theatre journey originally began as a trumpet player, playing in pit orchestras for the musicals Hairspray and The Phantom of the Opera at Limelight Theatre, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and The Phantom of the Opera with Stray Cats Theatre Company and The Pirates of Penzance at Phoenix Theatre.

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
(Bree Heartley, left, and bridesmaid Lucy (Jade Azor). Picture: Alex Beckley


Stepping up to the stage in 2017, she has since appeared in Oklahoma!, Mort, Robin Hood: The Truth Behind the Green Tights and Lords and Ladies at Roleystone Theatre, Between Wind and Water with Agelink Theatre, 1916: A Love Story at Marloo Theatre and Sense and Sensibility at Melville Theatre. "With Secret Bridesmaids' Business I wanted to do something quite different than I had done before," Michelle said.

"Previously, I've only directed large cast youth musicals, so a straight play with a cast of six adults is quite a change."

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
Besties Lucy (Jade Azor, left) and Meg (Elizabeth Elliott) celebrate the upcoming nuptials. Picture: Alex Beckley


Jade Azor plays brisdemaid Lucy, a fierce friend to those close to her. "She's completely unafraid to be who she is and, if you come for Lucy or one of her loved ones, you should watch out," she said.

"But underneath it, all she's really a softie. Lucy spends a good amount of the play trying to decide whether or not to reveal a big secret, so there are multiple layers to every conversation."

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
It's all bubbles and fun for Meg (Elizabeth Elliott, centre) and Angela (Bree Hartley, left) and Lucy (Jade Azor) in Secret Bridesmaids' Business – but could a lie unravel everything? Picture: Alex Beckley


Involved in theatre and music since primary school, Jade spent a year at a London drama school before performing in three productions with the Islington Players. After a four-year hiatus, Secret Bridesmaids' Business marks her return to the stage since moving back to Perth.

"I love the way the characters interact with each other," Jade said. "At first glance, they all seem to be a certain way but there's actually more to each one of them. I also really enjoy the humour in among the drama."

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
Mother-of-the-bride Colleen (Jay Shaw, left) with her daughter Meg (Elizabeth Elliott) in Secret Bridesmaids' Business. Picture: Alex Beckley


Secret Bridesmaids' Business plays at 7.30pm October 11, 12, 18 and 19 with a 2pm matinee October 13. Tickets are $20, $15 concession – book at www.roleystonetheatre.com.au. Roleystone Hall is at 44 Jarrah Road (corner of Wygonda Road), Roleystone.

Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Roleystone Theatre, Roleystone Hall, performing arts, wedding, marriage, Married at First Sight, bride, stage, comedy
James (Sam Barnett) finds himself in a spot of bother in Secret Bridesmaids' Business. Picture: Alex Beckley

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Why? Forget Married at First Sight – this is the original wedding comedy/drama with all the underlying tensions, gossip and secret reveals that could change the outcome.
When: 7.30pm October 11, 12, 18 & 19; 2pm October 13
Where: Roleystone Hall, 44 Jarrah Road (corner of Wygonda Road), Roleystone
Cost: $20, $15 concession
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