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