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