An Ensemble Theatre Production

The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race

Written by Melanie Tait
Directed by Priscilla Jackman


This new Australian comedy, featuring a cast of five fabulous women, is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles.

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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 to men, and a measly $200 to 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 and featuring a cast of five fabulous women, THE APPLETON LADIES’ POTATO RACE is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles.


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


Touring

May - June 2021


CREDITS

Playwright Melanie Tait
Director and Dramaturg Priscilla Jackman
Assistant Director Felicity Nicol
Dramaturg Jane Fitzgerald
Set Designer Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer Genevieve Graham
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Composer and Sound Designer Tegan Nicholls
Stage Manager Lauren Tulloh
Touring Production Manager Tim Burns
Cast Valerie Bader, Merridy Eastman, Sapidah Kian, Amber McMahon, Sharon Millerchip


If you are interested in touring get in contact!

Arts on Tour
280 381 880
touring@artsontour.com.au