The ladies in Black are back!
(and he's still a bastard)
With a dash of delicate comedy, Ladies in Black is a magical modern-day fairytale set in a stylish department store - F.G. Goodes - in a city on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan: Sydney is crossing the threshold between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s. Donning a distinguished black dress, the bright-eyed, bookish school leaver Lisa is about to join the ranks on the sales floor of the city’s most prestigious department store – temporarily, of course.
Her domineering dad intends to railroad her into a career as a secretary, but Lisa has grander schemes in mind. In that summer of innocence, a world of possibilities opens up as she befriends the unlucky Fay and the frustrated Patty. Then the exotic, compelling European refugee, Magda, mysterious mistress of the model gowns, takes Lisa under her wing. From the Christmas rush to the chaos of the sales, these women stand shoulder to padded shoulder and together learn lessons in life, love and longing – and at the end, it’s not just the fancy frocks that are forever altered.
If you missed it last time around, rejoice, because the Helpmann Award winning (and unreservedly Australian) musical Ladies in Black is back at QPAC's Playhouse till Feb 19. The encore season gives you another chance to catch this magical modern-day fairytale with a dash of delicate comedy, It's a Queensland Theatre production based on Madeleine St John’s novel, The Women in Black, with Music & Lyrics by Tim Finn. Tix via www.queenslandtheatre.co.au or phone: 136 246
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