UNLIKELY DUO: In Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls, Marnie Johnston and Elyse Knowles play Rae, a feisty barmaid and Vicki, a demure housewife.
UNLIKELY DUO: In Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls, Marnie Johnston and Elyse Knowles play Rae, a feisty barmaid and Vicki, a demure housewife. Contributed

Good old country charm at Lismore Theatre Company

IN THIS play set in a Queensland country town in the mid-1960s, Vicki, a housewife and conforming Catholic, is forever awaiting the arrival of her itinerant husband.

Into her small-town existence comes Rae, a brash, hard-living barmaid, abandoned on the roadside by her rodeo-riding husband of eight weeks.

Thrown together by chance, these two strike up an unexpected friendship and find their way through the confusions of the not-so-swinging '60s towards independence, carried on dreams and on Hank Williams, Patsy Kline and Johnny Cash songs.

Lismore Theatre Company's next production, Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls, is a bittersweet Aussie comedy and director Jennie Hicks said the show is in great shape.

Writer Philip Dean won a Matilda Award for the play that was published in 1995.

"They say in the theatre that casting forms 80% of the success of a show and I can say that I am lucky enough to have found two very talented young actresses - Marnie Johnston and Elyse Knowles - in the roles of Rae and Vicki," Hicks said.

"Both Marnie and Elyse have featured in a number of recent productions with the Lismore Theatre Company.

"This show is in fact currently on a commercial tour around Australia and we were very fortunate to be able to offer this community theatre production here in Lismore."

The show opens at the Rochdale Theatre tomorrow and runs over three weekends.

"This production will definitely bring some joy to those who love the country music of the '60s and '70s," actor and Northern Star reporter Marnie Johnston (Rae), said.

"It's been an intense rehearsal process, given that there's only two of us actors and so many elements to the production involved.

"Rae is a feisty young barmaid, who is abandoned in a small town by her wayward cowboy husband, and while she may seem tough and has plenty of street smarts she's got some weakness under that veneer of hers."

 

The opening night of Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls tomorrow will be a Heartfelt House fundraiser at Rochdale Theatre. Heartfelt House is in Wollongbar and aims to provide support to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their family and friends. Tickets are $25 and are available from Heartfelt House on 6628 8940.

For other subsequent performances over the next three weekends, buy tickets from Noah's Ark Bookshop, Magellan St Lismore, or online (with a $2 surcharge)

May 24th 2pm and 8pm  

May 30th 8pm

May 31st 8pm

June 1st 5pm

June  6th 8pm

June 7th 8pm

Tickets: $20/$15