Alan Ball, renowned for his black come­dies, penned Javeen­bah The­atre’s lat­est laugh-out­loud play Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress

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Ladies should never be forced to wear match­ing frocks, but the women in Javeen­bah The­atre’s pro­duc­tion have to do just that. Writ­ten by Alan Ball, Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress fol­lows the story of five un­happy brides­maids who are re­luc­tant to at­tend a pre­ten­tious wed­ding re­cep­tion.

Hid­ing in an up­stairs bed­room and wear­ing iden­ti­cal brides­maid dresses, the five per­son­al­i­ties couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent.

While Ge­orgie, Tr­isha, Mindy, Mered­ith and Frances each have their own rea­son for want­ing to skip the pro­ceed­ings, they soon dis­cover they all share a common bond: they aren’t friends with the bride.

Di­rected by Dawn China, Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress fol­lows the five women – aged 21 to 34 – as they re­veal their in­ner­most thoughts and de­sires.

“The char­ac­ters are all so dif­fer­ent so the in­ter­play be­tween them makes for a hi­lar­i­ous story,” says Dawn.

The­atre new­bies will be sur­prised to find they are prob­a­bly fa­mil­iar with play­wright Ball.

The Amer­i­can writer, di­rec­tor, and pro­ducer is the brains be­hind Amer­i­can Beauty, Six Feet Un­der and True Blood.

“My sons, who are film­mak­ers, in­tro­duced me to Six Feet Un­der a cou­ple of years ago and I was hooked,” says Dawn.

“I knew I had to di­rect this one.”

Dawn says the “wickedly funny com­edy” of­fers a touch­ing look at the in­tri­ca­cies of friend­ship and love.

“I am a great fan of black com­edy and I love when an au­di­ence can find hu­mour in dark or tragic mo­ments,” she says.

Dawn says the five women, played by Naomi Thomp­son, Natalie Camp­bell, Kaela Gray, Rachel Love and Rianna Hart­ney-Smith, are po­lar op­po­sites.

“We have the cyn­i­cal exnympho, the strait­laced fun­da­men­tal­ist, the ro­man­tic, the les­bian, and the re­bel­lious sib­ling whose anger runs deeper than sim­ple sis­terly envy,” she says.

“We are telling peo­ple who are at­tend­ing the open­ing night that they should come dressed up as if they are go­ing to a wed­ding.”


The cast of

Five Women Wear­ing the Same Dress,

open­ing at Javeen­bah this week­end.

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