Melanie Tait – The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

An Ensemble Theatre production
Canberra Playhouse Theatre
3 to 5 June 2021
Approximately 90 minutes, no interval, not suitable for children

Inspired by an experience in 2018, Melanie Tait has scripted The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the status quo and standing up for your principles.

Melanie Tait talks about The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

Appleton is a small country town being forced into the present with a recent influx of wealthy city slickers, tree-changers 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 culture war that would follow.

Cast

Bev Armstrong:  Valerie bader
Barb Ling:  Merridy astman
Rania Hamid:  Sapidah Kian
Nikki Armstrong:  Amber McMahon
Penny Anderson:  Sharon Millerchip

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