Ensemble Theatre

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race

by Melanie Tait


A sell out before it opened! A new Australian comedy, inspired by real life events, The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles. Featuring a cast of five fabulous women including Sharon Millerchip, Valerie Bader, Merridy Eastman, Sapidah Kian and Amber McMahon.

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"A very Australian, effervescently entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny new play with serious things to say and a gentle way of saying them."

Limelight Magazine

Appleton is a small country town being forced into the present with a recent influx of wealthy city slickers, treechangers and refugees. Simmering tensions come to a head when new GP Penny Anderson discovers that the famous Appleton Potato Race awards $1000 prize money for the men, and a measly $200 for the women. When Penny decides to take steps to restore gender parity and coax Appleton into the 21st century, little could she have anticipated the spiralling, hilarious culture war that would follow.

Inspired by real life events, The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles. Featuring a cast of five fabulous women including Sharon Millerchip (Shirley Valentine), Valerie Bader, Merridy Eastman (A History of Falling Things), Sapidah Kian and Amber McMahon (Tribes), this brand new Australian play will be brought to life by director Priscilla Jackman.


FROM THE DIRECTOR

This is a comedy about our relationship to both history and change. Through the lens of five female characters living in rural Australia we look in on ourselves as a nation. It’s a funny play with a huge heart that is not afraid to pack a punch. It is about rejection and acceptance; seeing the world as it really is, warts and all, and at the same time,daring to ask if it can be something more. We’ve been dreaming big through our little play.

Priscilla Jackman


Ready to Tour

CREDITS

Director Priscilla Jackman
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Genevieve Graham
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Assistant Director Felicity Nicol
Dramaturgs Jane FitzGerald and Priscilla Jackman 
Cast includes  Valerie Bader, Merridy Eastman, Sapidah Kian, Amber McMahon, Sharon Millerchip


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02 9699 7133
touring@artsontour.com.au