Brash and bril­liant

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RAW Aus­tralian com­edy with a hint of dra­matic lan­guage will help bring Se­cret Brides­maids Busi­ness to life when it opens at Tweed Heads Civic The­atre to­mor­row.

Di­vided into two main acts, the play sees Meg Ba­con (played by Leonie Richards), her mother Colleen Ba­con (played by Dari­enne Knight) and Meg’s brides­maids – Lori Ste­wart, Nina-Rae Smith and Naomi Cad­man – at­tempt to kick up their heels in a ho­tel room the night be­fore Meg’s big day.

Di­rec­tor Rae­lene Richards, who di­rects the sea­son for Tweed The­atre Com­pany, says the scan­dal that oc­curs in the first act of Se­cret Brides­maids Busi­ness threat­ens to ruin Meg’s im­pend­ing mar­riage to James Davis (Graeme Stuck­ings).

‘‘There’s a big bomb de­liv­ered right at the last line of the first act – it’s rather tragic for the poor bride,’’ Richards says.

‘‘In act two, the morn­ing of the wed­ding, the you-know-what really hits the fan. There’s a big con­fronta­tion.’’

Richards says many se­crets are di­vulged in a raw, yet quintessen­tially Aus­tralian way, with a sprin­kling of strong lan­guage.

‘‘It does have some ex­tremely strong lan­guage but if what hap­pens to the bride hap­pened to you – you would prob­a­bly use the same lan­guage,’’ she says, laugh­ing.

Richards says Se­cret Brides­maids Busi­ness asks the au­di­ence to get in­side the head of ev­ery char­ac­ter and pushes but­tons around so­ci­ety’s at­ti­tudes to sex, mar­riage and fi­delity.

‘‘It’s funny and sad – it sort of has got ev­ery­thing,’’ she says.

‘‘I still get tears in my eyes and I have been di­rect­ing it for months. I am sure I will get teary on the open­ing night.’’

Richards says the au­di­ence will feel up­lifted when the cur­tains close.

‘‘We tried to make the end up­lift­ing to take it away from the drama,’’ she says.

‘‘The au­di­ence will be dis­cussing it for some time af­ter.’’

– ROSE SADLEIR plays Tweed Heads Civic The­atre Fri­days and Satur­days at 8pm and Sun­days at 2pm from to­mor­row un­til April 21.

Dress­ing Roomers, Page 8

Lori Ste­wart as Lucy, Leonie Richards as Meg, Dari­enne Knight as Colleen and Naomi Cad­man as An­gela in

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