Tweed’s Find the Lady gets real
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.