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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. 

★★★★★ "Pure theatrical rambunctiousness which will tumble you into the night with sore hands and uplifted spirits" ArtsHub

★★★★ "Playwright Melanie Tait has written a shrewd, big-hearted love letter to the women of country New South’s near-impossible to resist being charmed." Time Out


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Opening Night: Thu 13 May 8pm. (Members and their guests only)


Valerie Bader
Merridy Eastman
Sapidah Kian
Amber McMahon
Sharon Millerchip

Director & Dramaturg: Priscilla Jackman
Assistant Director: Felicity Nicol
Dramaturg: Jane Fitzgerald
Set Designer: Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer: Genevieve Graham
Lighting Designer: Karen Norris
Composer & Sound Designer: Tegan Nicholls
This production is proudly supported by Jenny and Guy Reynolds AO.


Nothing is more important than your safety, which is why we are operating in accordance with Glen Street Theatre COVID Safe practices. The COVID Safe practices applicable at the time of your visit will be made available here.

100% audience capacity: 
Following NSW Health guidelines, this event has increased to 100% audience capacity. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending and strongly recommend everyone 12 years and over wear a mask.


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