The winner of this year’s Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work, Queensland Theatre Company’s Ladies in Black, will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne.
From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, the production was brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from singer songwriter, Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).
The world premiere of Ladies in Black, the stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia took place in Brisbane in November 2015 signalling a triumphant return of musical theatre for Queensland Theatre Company.
The production features over 20 original songs written by Tim Finn and a huge range of some 30 custom-designed and created dresses and suits. The genesis of Ladies in Black actually happened at Brisbane Airport where Tim Finn was looking for a book to read, bought The Women in Black and on reading it, was compelled to call Simon Phillips and plant the seed for a stage production. On the plane, he started writing the music.
The cast and all dates and further detail will be announced at the national launch event to be held on August 15 in Sydney.