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The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

February 11, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - February 26, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
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Melville Theatre presents

“The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race”

a comedy by Melanie Tait
Directed by Michelle Ezzy

Venue:  Melville Theatre
cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Palmyra

Performance Dates: February 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20*, 24, 25, 26

Times:  All evening shows at 8.00pm, *except Sunday 20th at 2pm

Tickets:  $23 Full, $18 Concession
Groups 10+ @ $18 each
transaction fee applies

Bookings:  TAZ Tix  9255 3336  or Book Online

In 1988, Alexander Strumpet’s bold stand changed the Potato Race forever. Now, Penny has returned to town to find out the Potato Race needs another shake up, to make the women’s prize money equal to the men’s. The campaign divides the town, family and friends. The story, based on real events in a NSW town, follows five strong Australian women whose own personal histories affect the way they view this ‘revolutionary’ action.

This brilliantly witty Australian comedy will have you laughing but also reflecting on the imperfections of our society.  Melanie Tait’s writing pitches big city progressive thinking against small town conservative values in a loving critique of Australian identity.

Warnings: Nudity, coarse language.

Featuring:  Lis Hoffmann, Valerie Henry, Kate O’Sullivan, Kayti Murphy and Neha Chhapai

Media Release – click here

Gordon the Optom – click here
Stage Whispers Review – click here

Other Reviews of The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

“Playwright Melanie Tait has written a shrewd, big-hearted love letter to the women of country New South Wales… it’s near-impossible to resist being charmed.” Time Out

“A very Australian, effervescently entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny new play with serious things to say and a gentle way of saying them.” Limelight Magazine

“A must-see. There are no downsides to this polished, measured, and punchy work that says so much with such style. The Music

“A gentle comedy with a sting in its tail… Recommended.” Stage Noise

“Funny, passionate and rousing, an uplifting romp that many will find irresistibly delightful.” Suzy Goes See

“Warm-hearted yet piercing, Melanie Tait’s comedy totes weighty issues over the line and makes light work of it… I can see this race being run in regional theatres for years to come.” Audrey Journal


A message from Melville Theatre: Re Covid Requirements
From 31 January 2022 WA Government requirements allow only double vaccinated people to attend theatres. Please be aware that you will be required to check in to the venue and to show proof of double vaccination (see wa.gov.au for Covid information). If you cannot show the required proof, then please do not proceed with a booking.
2. From Monday 21st February Melville Theatre will be operating at 75% capacity as per WA Government Covid Regulations.

Wheelchair & Companion Card holders please phone to make your booking.

Venue:  Melville Theatre
Corner Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Palmyra
GPS:  393A Canning Hwy, Palmyra (entry off Stock Rd)

Performance Dates: February 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20*, 24, 25, 26

Times:  All evening shows at 8.00pm, *except Sunday 20th at 2pm
(Doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain)
Running time:  approx 90 minutes – this show has no interval

Please arrive at the box office to check in
Cash/Card bar

$23 Full, $18 Concession

Groups 10+ @ $18 each
Transaction fees apply

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Payment is by visa, mastercard credit or debit card (select pay by card), or alternatively you can use your paypal account if you have one.
You will receive a second email from TicketThis which will contain a link that you can click if you choose to view / print tickets.
Any queries please call TAZ Tix on 9255 3336

At Melville Theatre you do not need to print tickets. When you arrive at the theatre you need to check-in at the box office, as they need to know you’ve arrived. Your booking is under the name of the person who placed the booking.

Start: February 11, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
End: February 26, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
Event Categoriescomedy, Theatre
Venue Name: Melville Theatre
Address: 393A Canning Hwy
Palmyra, WA 6157 Australia

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Organizer Name: Melville Theatre Company