A South Australian Premiere
by Alma De Groen
Directed by Megan Dansie
WICKED SISTERS is set in the present, in the Blue Mountains in N.S.W. This Australian play by Alma De Groen was shortlisted for the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Award and takes place over one evening.
A humorous and acutely observed story of the friendship between four middle-aged women, refracted through their relationship to the late husband (Alec, a renowned intellectual and scientific genius) of one of them, Meridee. The once-university pals meet in the Blue Mountains at the house of Meridee after Alec's death. As the evening progresses, long buried secrets surface and events take a somewhat wicked turn. De Groen's black comedy begins with laughs as the wine flows, but becomes an increasingly tense and convoluted piece that is given an absorbing workout as long -buried secrets are revealed and moralities of various kinds are questioned.
Petra Schulenberg as Meridee: Uptight, still apparently grieving the death of Alec, her darker secret is revealed during the play
Deborah Walsh as Lydia: an energetic real estate agent with a very active post-divorce love life
April Stuart as Judith: unruffled, well-groomed publicist who has made deceitfulness an art, ducking for cover from the truth. She regards men her age as Neanderthals.
Cate Rogers as Hester: a clever, aging hippie type who seems to have led a feckless life of activism with not much to show for it since being Alec's student. She is the sardonic outsider to the group. Hester believes that there's a moral universe, not a moral vacuum, and that's what she acts upon.