Dames delight with spritely new rendition of Ladies on the Costa 2

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Carolyn Forte, Janet Dickinson, Judy Walsh and Tricia Mothersloe.
Camera IconCarolyn Forte, Janet Dickinson, Judy Walsh and Tricia Mothersloe. Credit: Louise Henderson

The Dames of the Busselton Repertory Club are back with another slew of fascinating characters in their production of Ladies on the Costa 2 as part of Busselton Performing Arts Festival.

A sequel to last year’s highly successful run of Ladies on the Costa at the Old Court House, the group has this year migrated to the confines of The Weld Theatre, a space much better suited to the nature of the performance.

Stringing together a series of monologues by Linda McNaughton Jordan, the one-hour performance follows the journey of four English women who have all migrated to sunny Spain, each for their own reasons, both comedic and heartfelt at times.

A simple and effective set conveys the cosy and colourful warmth of a quaint Spanish bar which plays host to the four women in question.

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Each woman takes turns telling her stories, each clearly resonating with audiences in their own unique ways, be it with a laugh or a respondent sigh of agreement from the auditorium.

A notable performance comes from seasoned performer Tricia Mothersloe, whose projection is to be commended, filling the room with a colourful and engaging rendition of her particular monologue.

Special mention must also go to newcomer Carolyn Forte, whose spunk and sass is a refreshing conclusion to the evening in a very personable performance. I hope she continues to be a regular on the Weld’s stage.

Although it is quite a small venue, use of the stage could have been greater, with staging stagnant for most of the show up until the lively closing salsa number, which ended the performance on a high, earning thunderous applause from the crowd.

Ladies on the Costa 2 makes for a pleasant day out, telling tales that ring true with local audiences, and the cast are to be praised for putting on this sequel to a cheery production.

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