It's 1956 America. The ladies of the Susan B Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein are having their annual quiche breakfast, when Russia drop a nuke.
'5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche' is 'Lord Of The Flies' meets 'Stepford Wives', with lesbians, quiche and comedy. Here, Arienne Westcott-King (playing Wren) pens an open letter about the show.
“To the lovers of a jolly good show,
Theatre connoisseurs Australia-wide would agree that the Perth Fringe World is an essential in the yearly calendar.
Fringe World is a goldmine of theatric eccentricities and endless talent that has to be seen to be believed, which aptly applies to Grey Lantern’s production of '5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche'.
With such an intriguing title it’s no wonder that '5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche' was a perfect fit in the Fringe World scene. '5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche' transports you to the disciplined yet highly spirited meeting for the Susan B. Anthony society for the sisters of Gertrude Stein. This exclusive society will warmly welcome you, as you embark on the most prestigious event in the society calendar: The Quiche Breakfast.
Over the evening you’ll come to know your society officers who will take you through the simply delectable quiche tasting. Introducing society president Lulie; a headstrong leader guiding the ladies through the tradition and values of presidents past. Wren; Lulie’s right hand woman who is perpetually positive with oodles of town pride. Vern; the society’s tailor and all around handywoman out to prove herself using her affinity to be prepared for anything. Dale; the kooky youngster taken under the loving wings of the ladies with an undying loyalty to her fellow sisters. And finally Ginny; the newest member of the sisters who has a passion for following rules and a determination to fit in.
With women increasingly dominating the modern world, not to mention the theatre and performance scene, this play was an obvious choice for efficacious director Lorna and our cast of accomplished women.
In our limited time frame our highly capable cast and production crew have been working tirelessly to complete what promises and guarantees to be a truly interesting and thought-provoking comedy fueled by the passions of 1956 house widows. Their annual meeting takes a dramatic turn which was surprisingly expected but none of the ladies could’ve guessed what was to follow.
Personally the rehearsal room is where the magic really happens, bringing the show together from script to stage is the larger part of the powerful iceberg that is '5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche'. In just a month of rehearsal we have already established firm foundations of the show and what I would consider to be a second family. The accepting nature of this cast of incredibly supportive women has made what is normally a tiresome, frustrating process into a effortless collaboration where any and all ideas were embraced. Because of this inclusive work ethic I have been able to fully realise my theatrical creativity in an environment which strongly juxtaposes my introverted nature.
The stereotype of theatre folk being quite extroverted is one that I find to be grossly wrong as performers, bold as they may be, are often drawing on their observations of social normalities and practices to create wonderfully relatable characters and shows as I have done myself in the creation of Wren in the show.
Today’s audiences are not oblivious to the unpleasant feeling of not fitting in or feeling that their essence of self does not line up with the perceived societal identity or image. '5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche' explores and proves that – even in a highly traditional era where conforming is key and judgement reigns supreme – a person will be accepted and loved for whatever they feel true to.
I strongly believe that through the comedy and kinship of this show audiences will not only truly belong to our sisterhood but also have their heads explode with laughter. So, dear reader, if you have not yet gotten your tickets then I suggest you do. Lesbians. Quiche. It’s funny.”
'5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche' plays Henry Summer from 21-24 February.