Pen­sion­ers with a pen­chant for de­ceit

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dead bod­ies, steal­ing, get­ting drunk and con­spir­ing to murder doesn’t sound like some­thing four seem­ingly in­no­cent ladies would do. But in Tu­gun The­atre’s lat­est pro­duc­tion Caramba’s Re­venge, these very women are a pack of guilty grand­mas. Boast­ing a cast of sea­soned, older fe­males to bring Wil­liam Nor­folk’s script to life, black com­edy Caramba’s Re­venge fol­lows four ladies who share a house and pool their pen­sion ben­e­fits. Vi­o­let and her three friends form the co-op­er­a­tive to save money and make ends meet. When Vi­o­let is killed dur­ing a mug­ging, the ladies dis­pose of her body, hid­ing it from au­thor­i­ties so they can keep claim­ing her pen­sion. The ap­pear­ance of Vi­o­let’s long-lost grand­daugh­ter, Ron­nie, throws a span­ner in the works as Doris, a hope­less al­co­holic, even­tu­ally blabs. Di­rec­tor Dari­enne Mon­aghan says the play is hi­lar­i­ous and will have au­di­ences ‘‘gig­gling all the way’’ to its un­ex­pected end­ing. ‘‘This is a play well worth see­ing if you need a laugh in your life,’’ she says. The plays fea­tures Jil­lian Rawl­ings, Veronica Porter, Rianna Hart­ney-Smith, Brenda War­ren, Norma Wood, Judy Prescott and Jon Kear-Col­well.

opens tonight at Tu­gun Civic Cen­tre and plays Thursdays to Satur­days at 7.30pm un­til Au­gust 25, with 2pm mati­nees on Satur­days.

Brenda War­ren and Norma Wood in the black com­edy

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