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The Melbourne Theatre Com­pany is stag­ing sev­eral plays dur­ing Septem­ber. On un­til 16 Septem­ber is Amelia Bull­more’s witty U.K. com­edy “Di and Viv and Rose”.

From dif­fer­ent classes, from dif­fer­ent places, with dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ences and ex­pec­ta­tions, Di, Viv and Rose would never have crossed paths if they hadn’t shared a flat all those years ago at uni. For a while, the laughs bound them to­gether. But surely time, which de­liv­ers tri­umph, dis­as­ter and change so un­pre­dictably, will slowly draw th­ese three friends apart? The pro­duc­tion stars three of Aus­tralia’s best known and most loved ac­tresses—na­dine Garner, Mandy Mcel­hin­ney and Belinda Mc­clory.

Open­ing on 23 Septem­ber is “Hay Fever”, Noël Coward’s supreme com­edy of bad man­ners. Al­though Ju­dith, a re­tired ac­tress, tends to­wards melo­drama in her ev­ery­day af­fairs and her hus­band, David, a nov­el­ist, can be rather reclu­sive and foul tem­pered—the Bliss fam­ily can be per­fectly charm­ing when they want to be. Their grown-up chil­dren, Si­mon and Sorel, are quite ca­pa­ble of ci­vil­ity too—if it suits them. It is just that, on this blighted week­end, each has in­vited a guest to stay at their coun­try house with­out telling any of the others. So dashed in­con­sid­er­ate! And for their poor guests, per­fect agony. Stars of the pro­duc­tion in­clude Ma­rina Prior, Gareth Davies, Marg Downey and Si­mon Glee­son.

“Di and Viv and Rose” un­til 16 Septem­ber, “Hay Fever” from 23 Septem­ber, South­bank Theatre, The Sum­ner, 140 South­bank Boule­vard, South­bank. 8688 0800.

“Di and Viv and Rose”.

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