Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls - La Boite Theatre Company 2005
by Philip Dean
A wisecracking two-hander in which two deserted wives in outback Queensland group their way through the confusions of the 1960s on dreams of Hank Williams and Patsy Kline. The play is set against the background of the sixties when Australia was heavily under the influence of American culture but, particularly in the wake of the Vietnam War, beginning to learn the importance of asserting its independence. Cleverly but unobtrusively Philip Dean counterpoints the women’s lives with what is happening in the nation, thereby grounding the characters and their situation in a real world.
Though dealing with loneliness and unhappiness, the play is never dark but shot through with wonderfully funny moments and hilarious dialogue. What sets the play apart, however, is that it incorporates effortlessly into the text a whole range of Country and Western songs that are totally appropriate to the situations in which the women find themselves.
Elise Greig (Rae) and Julie Cotterell (Vicki) perform these classics with style and gusto and, because the play is co-produced with the Queensland Music Festival, the actors have the luxury of singing backed by a trio of talented musicians. The result is a real treat for the audience: a very funny play, talented actresses who are also great singers, live jazz musicians what more could you want for your money?
Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls La Boite - Elise Greig, Julie Cotterell, Helen Russell, Ross Williams, Ross Smith
Director - David Fenton
Designer - Bruce McKinven
Lighting - Andrew Meadows
Stage Manager - Kate Ferris
Playbill / Program Date Jul 2005
Size 145 x 210 mm
Condition: Used Good 8/10
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