Pensioners with a penchant for deceit
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