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Opening night: new Australian play Ladies in Black fills Bridgetown Repertory Theatre with laughter and joy

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
The cast of Ladies in Black at Bridgetown Repertory Theatre.
Camera IconThe cast of Ladies in Black at Bridgetown Repertory Theatre. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Bridgetown Repertory Theatre put on a spectacular performance of the new Australian musical Ladies in Black on opening night last Thursday which had the audience hooting with laughter and joy.

Set in the late 1950s at Goodes department store in Sydney, the musical told the story of a Lisa, a young, intelligent bookworm — played by Ella McGuire — who took on a summer job at the store after completing her leaving certificate.

Ella took the audience on a journey over the course of a summer, during which her character befriends the wonderful and incredibly different ladies of the women’s clothing department, including Miss Cartwright, Miss Jacobs, Magda, Fay, Patty, Myra and Mrs Miles — played by Estelle Rowcliffe-Carlson, Suzanne Bottomley, Meegan Cullen, Julia Robinson, Melanie Thomas and Tracey Flemming.

The ladies in black has the audience hooting and laughing.
Camera IconThe ladies in black has the audience hooting and laughing. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The play was witty, fun and full of humour and the audience was alive with the buzz of it.

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The characters left the audience at intermission just reeling for more, with many eagerly returning inside the theatre as soon as the call went out to return.

Ladies in Black will continue to run for a second week from this Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, April 30.

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