A STELLAR five-person cast has been announced for Blue Cow Theatre’s production of Melanie Tait’s thought-provoking and heart-wrenching comedy, ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race.’
Directed by Priscilla Jackman, the show will feature an all-female ensemble made up of some of Tasmania and Australia’s most celebrated performers including Katie Robertson, Merridy Eastman, Noreen Le Mottee, Nicole Farrow and Aleksandra Mirjana Crossan.
The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race is set in the rural town of Appleton and deals with the serious theme of gender equality following the characters having differing opinions on undergoing changes to the famous potato race to equalise prize money.
“Every year the town of Appleton has a potato race where men and women carry sacks of potatoes on their back as they run around the show ground,” Ms Jackman said.
“The prize money for the men’s race is $1000, while the women’s race is $200, and when one character decides it should be equal, it brings about a chain of events in the town where some people are not as partial to change as others.”
Ms Jackman said the themes and characters present in the production were recognisable to a whole range of audiences.
“There are shades of all of us in all the characters, so there’s a gorgeous sense of humour, love and charm that’s part of the script even though there’s still quite hard-hitting themes,” she said.
“It’s a play about community and finding your voice, dealing with the very human condition of how we cope with and manage change in our lives.
“There is a message of the importance of supporting and challenging each other as we move forward into the future and that manifests in the conversation around gender equality.”
Ms Jackman said she was looking forward to working with the actors and bringing the play to the revamped Theatre Royal.
“It’s really exciting to bring a play down and be a part of the lineage of work that has gone on in that theatre venue,” she said.
Tasmanian actress Nicole Farrow, who is playing the part of Nikki, said she was drawn to the play due to its connection to rural Australian culture.
“There is this really great ability to connect to stories and the places that they come from and I think there’s a real drive by actors and theatre companies to keep those stories alive,” she said.
“If you want a good laugh, definitely come along and see The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race.”
The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race is showing four performances at the Theatre Royal in Hobart from 28 to 30 May.
Tickets are available at www.theatreroyal.com.au/shows/appleton-ladies-potato-race.
Caption: From left, cast members of ‘The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race’ Aleksandra Mirjana Crossan, Noreen Le Mottee and Nicole Farrow.