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by Alison Quigan
Directed by Jeff Kingsford Brown
Show sponsored by Crombie Lockwood
Principal Sponsor Bank of New Zealand

at Centrepoint, Palmerston North
From 7 Nov 2009 to 19 Dec 2009

Reviewed by:  John RossRichard Mays (Manawatu Standard);

These women have sung it all! Christenings, weddings, funerals, they've seen them all come and go - the good, the bad and the downright ugly. But then a new priest is introduced to the parish. He wants a new choir - he wants something to impress the Bishop... and these gals aren't it.

Centrepoint Theatre is topping off a wonderful 2009 season with Manawatu's favourite playwright, Shortland Street star Alison Quigan's new play: Ladies For Hire.

Alison Quigan has written a number of best selling plays for Centrepoint Theatre and Ladies For Hire is proving to be no different, with many nights already sold out. Centrepoint Theatre's Business Manager, Julie Barnes, has been with the theatre for 11 years and says, "I have never seen so many sold out nights before we have even opened. I urge people to pick up the phone straight away and make bookings to avoid disappointment."

This will be the 12th Alison has written / co-written for Centrepoint. A familiar and trusted playwright from the region, Alison Quigan is known for telling "our" stories. She's back with a formidable cast that are sure to rock us through Christmas with this outrageous new comedy! There will be singing, dancing and most of all plenty of laughs.

Although Ladies For Hire does not see the return of Alison Quigan herself to the Centrepoint stage, the theatre is very excited to have Alison's daughter Sarah Graham making her Centrepoint Theatre debut, and Alison's husband Bruce Graham designing the set for the show. This will be the 67th set Bruce has designed for the theatre. 

Starring alongside Sarah Graham is Centrepoint's Artistic Director, Kate Louise Elliott, David McKenzie who appeared on stage earlier in the year in Roger Hall's Who Wants to be 100?; as well as Lyndee-Jane Rutherford, Jennifer Ludlam, Helen Moulder and Josh Harriman. 

Alison's previous shows at Centrepoint include:

1994   Five Go Barmy in Palmy - Quigan / Ross Gumbley
1995   Biggles on Top - Quigan / Gumbley
1997   Boys at the Beach - Quigan / Gumbley
1998   Shop till you Drop - Quigan / Gumbley
1999   Newbury Hall Dances - Quigan / Gumbley
2000  The Big OE - Quigan / Gumbley
2001   Sisters - Quigan / Lucy Schmidt
2002  Netballers - Quigan / Schmidt
2003  The School Ball - Quigan
2004  Mum's Choir - Quigan
2004  Girls Weekend Escape - Quigan
2009  Ladies For Hire - Quigan

Show Times:
Wednesday 6.30pm, Thursday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 5pm. Tickets are selling fast!
$35 Adults, $30 Senior Citizens, $20 Community Service Card Holders, $20 Senior Gold Card Holders, $12 Students, $20 under 30's, Group discounts available for 10+.

Special Performances:
Te Manawa short preview - Thursday 5 November 12.30pm at the Te Manawa Art Gallery, entry free.
Preview Night - Friday 6 November 8pm. Tickets $20.
$12 Tuesday - Tuesday 10 November 6.30pm. Bookings open Monday 9 November 9am!

Phone 06 354 5740, online at, email , visit 280 Church Street.

Helen Moulder - Harriet
Jennifer Ludlam - Mary McIntyre

Kate Louise Elliott - Mary O'Donnell

Lyndee-Jane Rutherford - Marijke Johannson

Sarah Graham - Shelley

David McKenzie - Father Peter & Police Man

Josh Harriman - Father Paul & Trent


Production Team

Alison Quigan  - Playwright

Jeff Kingsford-Brown - Director

Bruce Graham  - Set Designer

Clinton Poole - Lighting Designer

Roger Buchanan - Musical Director

Sally Darby - Costume Stylist

Harvey Taylor - Set Builder

Ian Harman - Choreographer

Laurie Dean - Production Manager

John Lepper - Stage Manager