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The Real Housewives of Perth at Limelight Theatre

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Into the lives of Perth’s housewives
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Meet The Real Housewives of Perth… Beezus (Kate Elder, left), Lulu (Hayley Green), Joanne (Naomi Cooper), Babette (Katherine Blower) and Penny (Tania Morrow).


Whether they're cute, catty and comical or beautiful, bitchy and backstabbing, The Real Housewives of Perth are coming to Limelight Theatre. Written by Molly Bell and directed by Helen Smolders, the musical is based on the television franchise and localised for a WA audience, looking at how the women interact with each other and their partners.

Wives Joanne, Babette, Beezus, Lulu and Penny each have their moment in the sun to showcase their life. But they all have secrets, revealed during the course of the show – and the musical explores how they deal with these revelations.

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Tania Morrow, left, is Penny and Naomi Cooper is Joanne in The Real Housewives of Perth.

"It's a fun look at their interactions, which range from feeling part of the group to being the outcast, although the show naturally does have a happy ending," Helen said. "The musical was first performed in the US in 2016 and the writers encouraged us to localise the content to ensure it was relevant for our audience. This is my first time directing so the challenge is to make each scene work with the script."

Previously working with the Bunbury Musical Comedy Group and Bunbury Repertory Club, Helen has been involved with backstage work, 'Allo 'Allo and "dressing up as a crocodile and chicken in summer pantomimes". "As soon as I saw the script for The Real Housewives of Perth, I felt this musical was the right one for my debut," she said. "I loved the action and this story is real."

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Lulu (Hayley Green, left) and Babette (Katherine Blower) feel the burn in The Real Housewives of Perth.


Katherine Blower plays Babette Bellini, the sexy, steamy wife who stands right by her man. "The only person she loves more is her best-friend-forever Joanne," she said. "Babette has two children and loves to party with the other housewives – and she's also an entrepreneur and business woman with an eye for fashion.

She raises money for charities, although it's usually more about showing off her new designer clothes, or who will be there, rather than the actual charity. Babette is loyal and fun but will stand up for herself if you push her too far
."

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The Real Housewives of Perth (played by Katherine Blower, left, Kate Elder, Naomi Cooper, Tania Morrow and Hayley Green) lust after the only male in the show (Jacob Turner).


The main challenge, according to Katherine, is trying to embrace Babette's inner goddess. "She's a bit of a pushover, so sometimes I feel sorry for her and wish she would stand up for herself," she said. "The role is certainly out of my comfort zone but Babette is truly a fun character to play."

While The Real Housewives of Perth marks Katherine's acting debut, she did study at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and is director of music at Ocean Reef Senior High School. Last year, she also sang in Limelight Theatre's production The Envelope Please.

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Jacob Turner, left, is the only male in The Real Housewives of Perth, playing 17 characters, with Kate Elder as Beezus.

"It has always been a dream of mine to perform but for a long time I didn't have the confidence," Katherine said. "The Envelope Please was such a nurturing and warm environment to be in and it helped me to grow.

"The script for The Real Housewives of Perth was hilarious – it's so modern, cheeky and witty – they really nailed it. It's hard to rehearse when you can't stop laughing at the lines and the songs are catchy and relatable, too."

The Real Housewives of Perth plays at 8pm March 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 with a 2pm matinee March 24. Tickets are $21, $18 concession and $15 children under 13 – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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Why? If you’ve ever seen any of the Real Housewives franchises, this musical is a knowing wink to all the tropes and heightened nonsense people just can’t get enough of – and it’s been tailored to suit a Perth audience.
When: 8pm March 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 & 22; 2pm March 24
Phone: 0499 954 016
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo
Cost: $21, $18 concession
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