The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

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The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 05 May - 08 May 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatre presents
An Ensemble Theatre Production
Written by Melanie Tait
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

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.

Please Note:
*Contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email call 8839 3399.

Age recommendation: 14+
The Thursday 6 May performance will be Audio Described and the Friday 7 May performance will be Auslan Interpreted.Please call Box Office on 8839 3399 if your require a headset for the Audio Described performance.

Please Note:

Tickets to this event are sold to 100% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. Following the latest Public Health Orders, unless exempt masks are mandatory for all patrons being 13+ years old at all times.

Please note that NSW Health regularly updates areas where there may be concerns regarding potential case transmission of COVID-19.  Prior to attending your performance, we suggest patrons check the latest Case Alert Updates from Health NSW and follow the instructions regarding Close Contacts and requirements for self-isolation and/or COVID testing as stipulated by Health NSW and the current NSW Public Health Orders. Please note that patrons who have visited any identified alert area must NOT attend public performances or gatherings of any type. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: defined audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay at home. We have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through possible exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email

Thank you for keeping our community safe.



This production is proudly supported by Jenny and Guy Reynolds AO

Valerie Bader
Merridy Eastman
Sapidah Kian
Amber McMahon
Sharon Millerchip

Creative Team:
Playwright – Melanie Tait
Director & Dramaturg – Priscilla Jackman
Assistant Director –  Felicity Nicol
Dramaturgs – Jane Fitzgerald & Priscilla Jackman
Set Designer – Michael Scott-Mitchell
Costume Designer – Genevieve Graham
Lighting Designer –  Karen Norris
Composer & Sound Designer – Tegan Nicholls
Stage Manager – Lauren Tulloh
Touring Production Manager – Tim Burns
Tour Lighting Realiser – Matt Cox
Tour Sound Realiser – Mary Rapp
Costume Supervisor – Margaret Gill
Dialect Coach – Fayssal Bazzi

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

Melanie Tait’s sparkling new comedy… with a light touch and crisp dialogue…. Priscilla Jackman directs with energy a strong all-woman cast. –  Sydney Morning Herald

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

A very Australian, effervescently entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny new play with serious things to say and a gentle way of saying them. –  Limelight Magazine

(Stages 5 – 6)

According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources
Download the Curriculum Links here: The Appleton Ladies Curriculum Links

Schools Bookings
1 teacher free per 20 students.
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

Riverside’s Risk Assessment & Covid Safe Plan
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30 & Under $46
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Groups 8+* $60

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Phone $4.60
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