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The Ladies Foursome at Harbour Theatre

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Sherryl Spencer, left, Meredith Hunter, Anna Head and Kirstie Francis are appearing in The Ladies Foursome. Picture: Michael McAllan


It's like Sex and the City but on a golf course. Written by Norm Foster and directed by Jarrod Buttery, The Ladies Foursome at Harbour Theatre follows a quartet of women playing golf, although the sport rarely comes up in their conversation.

Over the course of 18 holes, secrets and confessions unravel as the women discuss love, sex, children and everything in between. Foster is considered Canada's most-produced playwright, known for his humour and insight into the trials and tribulations of everyday life, and is frequently compared to US playwright Neil Simon.

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Dory (Anna Head, left) strikes a pose in The Ladies Foursome with Tate (Kirstie Francis), Connie (Sherryl Spencer) and Margot (Meredith Hunter). Picture: Michael McAllan

"The ladies' conversation could almost be held in a workplace or a restaurant, except it happens to be on a golf course and regularly jumps ahead each time they tee off at a new hole," Jarrod said.

His journey to directing The Ladies Foursome began in 2015 when he saw another Foster play, Under The Bright Sun. Loving the playwright's wit and naturalistic dialogue, he was cast in The Love List - also by Foster - at Harbour Theatre in 2016, followed by the award-winning On A First Name Basis the following year.

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Rough-round-the-edges Margot (Meredith Hunter, left) crosses clubs with Connie (Sherryl Spencer) in front of Dory (Anna Head) and Tate (Kirstie Francis). Picture: Michael McAllan

"I read several more of Foster's plays and fell in love with The Ladies Foursome," Jarrod said. "I was laughing out loud by page two of the script. It's beautifully written with believable dialogue, alternating between hilarity and poignancy, delivered by three-dimensional characters. The script and my cast make me laugh at every rehearsal."

Involved in theatre for more than 30 years, Jarrod was one of the founding members of Blak Yak Theatre and has performed in a plethora of productions with Melville, Roleystone, Garrick, Limelight, Playlovers, KADS, Old Mill, Kwinana and Harbour Theatres. He directed the first Terry Pratchett play to be staged in Australia and was named best director at the 2004 South West Drama Festival for his production of Heide's Last Hit.

With The Ladies Foursome, Jarrod's biggest challenge is the fact neither him nor any of his cast are regular golfers. "But none of us are expected to be," he said. "We can't actually go hitting golf balls into the audience, so the actions are simulated. But that's what theatre is all about: pretending."

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Tate (Kirstie Francis, left), the peacekeeper among her friends Dory (Anna Head), Connie (Sherryl Spencer) and Margot (Meredith Hunter). Picture: Michael McAllan


Kirstie Francis plays Tate, someone who is a little nave in the ways of the world. "She comes across a bit dumb but overall she loves her friends and, most of the time, finds herself just trying to keep the peace between them all," she said.

"A lot of my previous roles have been strong characters so this is a very different part for me to play. I have to delve deep to present a more gentle soul but am enjoying the challenge."

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Tate (Kirstie Francis, left) and Dory (Anna Head) have got each other's backs. Picture: Michael McAllan


First performing in Death By Chocolate in 2005, Kirstie has appeared in numerous shows with Melville, Old Mill, Rockingham and Harbour Theatres, including Female Transport, Jekyll and Hyde, Office Hours, Over My Dead Body, Minefields and Miniskirts, Wife Begins at Forty, Stiff and Caravan. She has also directed Queer Street, The Love List, Looking and A Perfect Wedding, as well as being involved in short films Ronan's Escape, a story about school bullying, received 10 international film awards.

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Kirstie Francis, left, with actors Anna Head, Sherryl Spencer and Meredith Hunter, finds the character of Tate suits her to a tee. Picture: Michael McAllan

"I have been a fan of Norm Foster ever since I was involved in his play Under the Bright Sun, which won a couple of awards at the 2015 Hills Festival of Theatre," Kirstie said. "Since then I have directed two of his plays and The Ladies Foursome, like the others, has some great lines and resonates easily with people. All the roles are great characters and the actors can have a little fun with them but they all jell really well to bring this play together."

The Ladies Foursome plays at 7.30pm March 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26 and 27 with 2pm matinees March 14, 21 and 28. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students book at www.TAZTix.com.au or call TAZTix on 9255 3336. Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park.

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Why? A tribute to the pitfalls and pleasures of friendship and its lasting significance in our lives, all done with the right amount of comedy and poignancy.
When: 7.30pm March 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26 & 27; 2pm March 14, 21 & 28
Phone: 92553336
Where: Harbour Theatre, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park
Cost: $25.50, $23.50 concession, $20.50 students
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