Glamorous frocks, ‘crazy continentals’ and big ambitions are a few of the themes for Queensland Theatre Company’s latest instalment at QPAC.
Ladies in Black is a story set in the 1950s, in the dawn of Australia’s awakening to the modern era, where women for the first time began to attend university, build careers, and became more than stay-at-home wives.
The play follows the life of Lisa Miles (Sarah Morrison) as she graduates school and finds work as a Christmas casual at the high-end women’s clothing store Goodes.
Lisa, bright and bookish, weaves her way through the hurdles of being a young woman at a socially turbulent time (before the 1960s) while waiting for her school leaving results.
With the help of Magda (Christen O’Leary), a worldly haute couture expert at Goodes, and her new friends with personal problems of their own, Lisa begins to alter her views on life, and finds the world-horizons to be broader than they seem.
This coming of age story is heartwarming with an atmosphere of nostalgic sweetness, that will touch anyone who remembers the confusion and excitement of growing up.
Words by Melanie Baker
Picture by Ladies In Black
Details: Playhouse QPAC, Corner Melbourne St & Grey St, South Brisbane 4101 | (07) 3840 7444 | 14 November to 6 December 2015 (times vary) | Tickets from $52 to $82 available at qpac.com.au | Running time 2 hours & 30 minutes including interval of 20 minutes
**Note: Performance includes a simulated sex scene, haze and smoke effects.