Local women in Woman

Three women tell their stories, exposing their fears and loves in the short play Woman which will be performed with The Vagina Monologues in Byron this Thursday and Friday. The cast is (l-r) Kimberley Davenport, Tess Hoffman and Trinity Ward.

Two Lismore actors make up the cast of Woman a play written by Dunoon writer Jan Baldwin.

I am so very fortunate to have three such professional actors, said Jan. And theyre passionate about the play. They blow me away

Woman was first performed (with the same cast) in July last year as part of the Hot Shorts playwrighting competition where it received an award. Not bad for this emerging playwrights first effort.

Woman is three women on stage telling their stories, said Jan, who also directed the play. Its an emotional journey for each woman, exploring the complexity of the choices women make.

Kimberley Davenport, a graduate of the Victorian College of Arts, plays Sally. Now based in the thespian capital of Lismore, Kimberely has plied her dramatic trade all over this wide, theatrical land.

Fellow Lismore resident Tessa Hoffman, who plays Joy, got the acting bug when she slipped on the magic red shoes as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at age six.

Trinity Ward has taken the role of Philippa. She doesnt live in Lismore (but seems to survive anyway in South Golden Beach). She, like Tessa, was infatuated with the stage from an early age and this love has seen her treading the boards in Australia and overseas.

Jan has always had a fascination with language (she has taught linguistics in Australian Universities) and this fascination is growing. She has already completed her next play.

Woman is on at the Byron Community Centre this Thursday and Friday, January 11 and 12, with The Vagina Monologues starring Patricia Petersen.

Tickets are $27.20/17.20. The womanly revelations start at 7pm.

For more info phone Jan on 6689 5237.

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