12 Jun - 12 Jun 2021
90 Minutes
$40 - $60

The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

A funny, honest and heart-warming story featuring five fabulous women

An Ensemble Theatre Production
Written by Melanie Tait
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

Appleton is a small country town being forced into the present with a recent influx of wealthy city slickers, treechangers and refugees. Simmering tensions come to a head when new GP Penny Anderson discovers that the famous Appleton Potato Race awards $1000 prize money to men, and a measly $200 to women. When Penny decides to take steps to restore gender parity and coax Appleton into the 21st century, little could she have anticipated the spiralling, hilarious culture war that would follow.

Inspired by real life events and featuring a cast of five fabulous women, The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race is a funny, honest and heart-warming story about upsetting the potato cart and standing up for your principles.

Suitable for ages 14+


Cast & Creatives

Melanie Tait / Playwright

Priscilla Jackman / Director

Felicity Nicol / Assistant Director

Jane Fitzgerald & Priscilla Jackman / Dramaturgs

Michael Scott-Mitchell / Set Designer

Genevieve Graham / Costume Designer

Karen Norris / Lighting Designer

Tegan Nicholls / Composer & Sound Designer

Margaret Gill / Costume Supervisor

Fayssal Bazzi / Dialect Coach

Lauren Tulloh / Stage Manager

Tim Burns / Touring Production Manager

Matt Cox / Tour Lighting Realiser

Mary Rapp / Tour Sound Realiser

Valerie Bader / Cast

Merridy Eastman / Cast

Sapidah Kian / Cast

Amber McMahon / Cast

Sharon Millerchip / Cast

★★★★ "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

This production is proudly supported by Jenny and Guy Reynolds AO.

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