Cowgirls come to the Bay at Z-PAC!
Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls will burst onto stage at Z-PAC Theatre with a flash of cowgirl skirts, a great dash of hilarious dry Australian wit and sweetened with tender moments. The play features two excellent young actors Portia Robertson and Shaydene Castle. Playing 21 year olds, barmaid Rae and conservative Catholic housewife Vicki, they sashay across the stage with an exuberance and delightful pathos that will entrance audiences and draw them into their story of life and love.
The play, written by Philip Dean, takes the audience back in time to the turbulent world of the mid sixties with world events like the Vietnam War and the JFK assassination and how they impact the isolated world of a little outback Queensland country town and their quirky inhabitants. It was a time of social change and this is reflected in how the young women navigate their lives and their husbands, and the many dips and bumps and come out stronger at the end.
The play is laced with live music with both young women singing iconic Country and Western songs from Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn amongst others at significant moments to underline the message or action and they will be accompanied on stage by Gunilla Myren on the keyboard. Gunilla is also the musical director and is a highly regarded vocal and music teacher who may be familiar to many having been musical director for a number of Macabre Theatre musicals as well as running her own music studio.
Director Marjolijn Dudgeon has many directing credits to her name over decades involved with Z-PAC Theatre having in recent times directed Shakespeare in Love … and Out, Death in a Minute, Tea at Five and previously such classics as Hamlet, The Crucible, Cosi, A Streetcar Named Desire and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She is delighted to work with such talented young actors and to explore such a witty and genuinely warm and funny play set in Queensland. “I love telling our stories and so many in the audience will be able to identify themselves or their mothers and aunts in the characters on stage.”
Performance dates are over three weekends: 29, 30 April, 1 May; 6, 7, 8 May and 13, 14, 15 May. Booking online at zpactheatre.com.au.