Still time to see Players' feminist satire

Female fun: The cast of Female of the Species (l-r) Sandy Velini, Soran Khoshnow, Paul Houchin, Lauren Pank, Larry Murphy and Melanie Robinson.

Female fun: The cast of Female of the Species (l-r) Sandy Velini, Soran Khoshnow, Paul Houchin, Lauren Pank, Larry Murphy and Melanie Robinson.

Castle Hill Players has started its next production The Female of the Species — a wicked comedy about celebrity feminists which shows the female of the species is not only deadlier but wittier than the male.

The play, written by acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, centres around famous feminist author Margot Mason (Sandy Velini) who has a publisher's deadline to meet.

Margot is a bold and fearless academic who is one of the pioneers of the feminist movement.

Since the publication of her ground-breaking work The Cerebral Vagina 30 years ago, she has enjoyed world acclaim as a successful writer.

Unfortunately, she's in the dire grip of an author's worst nightmare: writer's block.

But if she thought that was bad, things are about to get worse.

Margot is confronted by an uninvited guest — Molly Rivers — a former student with a tragic past and a novel way of working through her unresolved problems.

And that's only the start of Margot's difficult day.

"Female of the Species is one of those remarkable plays that combines laughter with thought-provoking themes," director Valerie Miller said.

"One minute you're chuckling and the next you're wondering how much of your own life is being presented on stage.

"The cast and I are having a great time bringing the story alive."

Performance details

The Female of the Species is showing May 2-24.

Performance times: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.15pm, and Sunday at 4.30 pm.

Visit http://paviliontheatre.org.au/ for more information.

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