Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Good Old Country Charm; Local Women Saddle Up for a Terrific Turn in Lismore Theatre Company's Latest

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Good Old Country Charm; Local Women Saddle Up for a Terrific Turn in Lismore Theatre Company's Latest

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IN THIS play set in a Queensland country town in the mid-1960s, Vicki, a housewife and conforming Catholic, is forever awaiting the arrival of her itinerant husband.

Into her small-town existence comes Rae, a brash, hard-living barmaid, abandoned on the roadside by her rodeo-riding husband of five weeks.

Thrown together by chance, these two strike up an unexpected friendship and find their way through the confusions of the not-so-swinging '60s towards independence, carried on dreams and on Hank Williams, Patsy Kline and Johnny Cash songs.

Lismore Theatre Company's next production, Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls, is a bittersweet Aussie comedy and director Jennie Hicks said the show is in great shape.

Writer Philip Dean won a Matilda Award for the play that was published in 1995.

"They say in the theatre that casting forms 80% of the success of a show and I can say that I am lucky enough to have found two very talented young actresses - Marnie Johnston and Elyse Knowles - in the roles of Rae and Vicki," Hicks said. …

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