Golden Age Girls

Golden Age Girls
By Amy Fortnum, Jess Clancy and Mav Newman. Fringe World. The Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre. Jan 29 - Feb 1, 2020

From squabbling school girls to duelling divas, Irene and Ruth have competed against each other all their lives. But only one of them can truly be the darling of the retirement home circuit. Accompanied by the ever-present Peter, this is an epic battle of the sopranos.

A tap dancing and backstabbing celebration of the golden age of Musical Theatre, Golden Age Girls features the talents of Jess Clancy (Irene) and Amy Fortnum (Ruth) as we follow Irene and Ruth from schoolyard, through theatrical training, to careers specialising in singing to the elderly. Mr Peter (very nicely played by accompanist Jackson Griggs), follows their journey and attempts to keep the peace.

Inspired by Jess Clancy and Amy Fortnum’s real life parallel experiences, this story of antagonism requires some great teamwork, and the trio of performers have a wonderful rapport and are a joy to watch. Backed up by some formidable talent and some clever comedy, this is a rather offbeat celebration of the golden era. With a slice of black comedy thrown into the mix, this show has a bit of an edge and makes some unexpected turns.
Golden Age Girls is highly recommended for lovers of classic music theatre and admirers of clever cabaret.

Kimberley Shaw

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