Kate Hick­son

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

LO­CAL ac­tress Tanika Cae­sar has a great re­la­tion­ship with her mother. Like most daugh­ters, she is praised for her tal­ents, and scolded when she hasn’t cleaned her room.

Tanika’s mother will be proudly sit­ting in the au­di­ence at open­ing night to­mor­row night when Tanika takes to the stage in Javeen­bah Theatre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion Run­ning up a Dress.

Not only is the 18-year-old star­ring in the show which ex­plores mother-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ships along­side nine other tal­ented fe­males, but she has also com­posed the mu­si­cal score.

Per­fectly timed to open over the Mother’s Day week­end, the col­lage-style show is aimed at the mother and daugh­ter crowd.

The Aus­tralian play, writ­ten by ac­claimed play­wright Suzanne Spun­ner, is a drama which ex­plores the of­ten tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ships be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters, with some funny, touch­ing and ten­der mo­ments.

‘‘I’m the el­dest of three girls and I am so proud of the way my mum has gained so much con­fi­dence in what she does and who she is,’’ says Tanika.

‘‘When she praises me, she says I’m tal­ented and she loves me and when she crit­i­cises me, she says I’m messy.

‘‘My mother al­ways puts our needs first and we some­times ar­gue about her lim­it­ing her­self be­cause of us kids. ‘‘I feel most like my mother when I get con­fused and laugh.’’ Di­rec­tor Amy An­der­son, who is a mother her­self, says the pro­duc­tion is a cul­mi­na­tion of ideas and sto­ries with ‘‘fresh per­spec­tives’’ on be­ing a mother, a daugh­ter and a sewer as the women work on sewing a dress. ‘‘We have had some very colour­ful con­ver­sa­tions about birthing hor­ror sto­ries and the ‘joys’ of the tran­si­tion from teenager to adult,’’ she says.

‘‘It is an un­apolo­get­i­cally girly play but one which will ap­peal to all women, as they will see bits of them­selves in the char­ac­ters.

‘‘The orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion by Tanika, played live on the pi­ano, is an­other rare de­light which sets this show apart from oth­ers and re­ally adds to the emo­tion of the script.

‘‘Bring your moth­ers, daugh­ters, sis­ters, aun­ties, friends and grand­moth­ers.’’

The theatre will cel­e­brate Mother’s Day with a spe­cial high­tea mati­nee this Sun­day.

opens at Javeen­bah Theatre to­mor­row and plays Thurs­days to Satur­days un­til May 26. Tick­ets start at $10. Call 5596 0300.

Tanika Cae­sar (front right) and the cast of

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