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When she first read 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche, Lauren Jackson saw the comedic potential of five strong female leads on stage
Lauren Jackson was in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, training with the Royal Shakespeare Company when the script for 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche lobbed into her inbox.
Patchy Wi-Fi and a demanding masterclass meant it sat, unread, for almost a week.
“When I finally got to read it, I was just cracking up,” Lauren says.
She auditioned for the part of Vern Schultz – “a very strong character, very dry, and doesn’t suffer fools” – during a visit home last November, and was cast on the spot.
The play takes audiences behind the scenes of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein, which is hosting its annual quiche breakfast, with members of the local church, the audience, in accompaniment.
In 1956, when the work is set, a play with the word lesbians in the title would have been little heard of. But the popularity of the humorous production, which debuted in Chicago in 2011, shows how much times have changed.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche is part of the Gold Coast’s inaugural Glitter Festival, a seven-day event that takes over The Arts Centre Gold Coast from Monday.
The week-long celebration of arts and culture features
Samantha Turk, Lauren Jackson, Ellen Bailey, Sophie Rose and Carherine Alcorn.