Old biddies get the laughs

Six of Australia's favourite actresses come together in a wonderful comedy. Pictured left to right Donna Lee, Maggie Blinco, Linden Wilkinson, Julie Hudspeth and Annie Byron.
Six of Australia's favourite actresses come together in a wonderful comedy. Pictured left to right Donna Lee, Maggie Blinco, Linden Wilkinson, Julie Hudspeth and Annie Byron.

SOME of Australia's most acclaimed actors will star in a new comedy stage show, Biddies, when it is performed at NORPA Lismore City Hall this month.

Maggie Blinco, Annie Byron, Vivienne Garrett, Julie Hudspeth, Donna Lee and Linden Wilkinson will perform for one night only.

The drama explores the frustrations associated with being a mature female through a group of women who meet in their former infant's school classroom for a knitting group.

Their confessions are frank, their rivalries intense and their jokes outrageous.

Stage veteran, Ms Blinco, said working with the rest of the cast on the play had been great fun.

"I am really excited to be touring Australia with this beautiful cast and wonderful new play," she said.

"I haven't had this much fun since I worked with Paul Hogan on Crocodile Dundee movies."

Biddies follows the highly successful 2010 production Codgers, an award winning comedy which dealt with the senior Aussie male in a comic and touching fashion.

"Codgers was unashamedly about men," says playwright Don Reid.

"Many of those who say it, very often female, asked me, 'Well and good, but how about a play dealing with women?' The idea became irresistible."

Biddies plays NORPA Lismore City Hall on Friday, June 15 at 7.30pm.

For tickets call the NORPA box office on 1300 066 772 Monday to Friday between 9am and 2pm, or purchase online at http://www.norpa.org.au.

Topics:  comedy entertainment lismore performing arts theatre

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