The inmates of Girls Training School, Parramatta had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times.
Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls, this vibrant new play from Alana Valentine (Run Rabbit Run) is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion forty years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, this is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality.
Under the direction of Wesley Enoch, eight dames, this mob of great Australian actresses, will take over the Belvoir stage in a moving and riotous act of letting the cat out of the bag and setting it smack bang amongst the pigeons!
I notice the great Geoffrey Rush returns to the Belvoir next year too in Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco. I like this publicity line: “Neil Armfield and Geoffrey Rush renew their vows in this civil ceremony on the Belvoir stage, and are joined by an extraordinary bunch of clowns: Bille Brown, Gillian Jones and Julie Forsyth.” Neil I know is gay; don’t know about Geoffrey Rush.