Tweed’s Find the Lady gets real

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

IN A con­cept with sim­i­lar­i­ties to re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show Big Brother, a bunch of colourful char­ac­ters are locked in a shabby Lon­don Ho­tel per­form­ing a rol­lick­ing who­dunit in Tweed The­atre Com­pany’s Find the Lady.

In­stead of be­ing evicted, the cast bond as they try to un­ravel the may­hem – from se­cret trysts to se­cret lives – re­veal­ing a clever, well-writ­ten plot.

The Tweed The­atre Com­pany sea­son is di­rected by Co­ral Kelly, who de­scribes Find the Lady as be­ing full of twists and turns. ‘‘So many dra­mas are packed in and played by so many drama queens,’’ she says.

‘‘Even the male roles are over the top as they bury them­selves in lies upon lies to cover up their das­tardly deeds.’’

Tweed The­atre Com­pany reg­u­lar Rae­lene Richards, who plays Mrs Pratt in the English com­edy-thriller, will make her fi­nal ap­pear­ance on the Tweed stage in the show, which opens to­mor­row.

Af­ter more than 19 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and 17 shows with the com­pany, Richards wants to chan­nel her en­ergy in other direc­tions.

‘‘This will be my last role with Tweed but I have so many fond mem­o­ries of great casts and shows,’’ she says.

‘‘I want to con­cen­trate on di­rect­ing as I want to give back to the the­atre by coach­ing the kids in the pan­tomimes in par­tic­u­lar.’’ Richards has been ac­tive be­hind the scenes as well as serv­ing as vice-pres­i­dent for eight years and is an all-rounder in cos­tume, pro­duc­tion and many other jobs. Oh, and she has di­rected five shows. Join­ing Richards on stage for her last hur­rah are cast mem­bers Julieanne Scott as Rosie Lake, Gai Byrne as The Lady, Anita Mur­cia as De­siree Prat, Jim Fury as Doc­tor Ali, Clay­ton Wether­all as Tim Can­tel and Chris Hawkins, Mark An­der­son and Sue-Ellen McCubben as Jean Smith.

Scott says her char­ac­ter Rosie is ‘‘on the booze’’ most of the show. ‘‘Play­ing an ine­bri­ated role is dif­fi­cult, but fun. It’s a fran­tic role, very chal­leng­ing but en­joy­able.

‘‘My char­ac­ter is scatty but lov­able. Rosie, Mrs Pratt and her daugh­ter, De­siree Pratt, brood over the ‘‘facts’’, which be­come hazier as the gos­sip and lies pile up on each other throughout the show.’’

Find the Lady opens at Tweed Civic Cen­tre to­mor­row and plays Fri­days at 7pm and Satur­days and Sun­days at 1pm (Qld time) un­til Oc­to­ber 28. Call 5536 2556 to book.

The cast of Tweed The­atre Com­pany’s new farce, Find the Lady.

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