Queensland Theatre Company in association with Queensland Performing Arts Centre presents

Ladies in Black [Past Event]

Book by Carolyn Burns | Music and lyrics by Tim Finn | Based on Madeleine St John's novel, The Women in Black


"Finn is a musical genius. He melds jazz, rock, pop, musical theatre and other musical genres and blends them into a most satisfying mix. And his lyrics – brilliant."
-Courier Mail

“This rare artist has approached Ladies in Black with such wholehearted sincerity and creative generosity, that in large part he’s overcome the vexed pop-song-to-theatre challenge, creating an immensely engaging score filled with gorgeous melodies that make you care about the characters singing them.“
-The Australian

“Its costuming is meticulously themed, the song-and-dance sequences tightly choreographed, and the musical and lyrical themes tie it all together. “
-The Daily Review

“Despite the talented performers, all eyes were fixated upon the true star of the night, the wardrobe.“
-Creative Drinks

“Tim Finn and Carolyn Burns have done the rarest thing in theatre. They have created a homemade musical that is a dead set winner, with memorable songs that slotted into the storyline and carried it along.“
-Absolute Theatre

“Set in Sydney in the late 1950s, at a time when culture in Australia was in its adolescence, Ladies in Black is part love letter and part lament for that moment in time for the middle-classes“
-The Hipsterette

Ladies in Black has stylishness written all over it and succeeds on so many levels. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. Tim Finn is an important new voice of Australasian musical theatre.“
-Chris Herden

“The cast of 11 delivered an exceptional performance where you can't help but fall in love with the characters. They are honest and truthful and it's near impossible not to get drawn into their world as they go through the emotional rollercoaster of life“
-Fasion Weekly

“Carolyn Burns has adapted Madeleine St John's 1993 'The Women In Black' as a musical. The result is a triumph: comedically, musically and theatrically“


Step through the doors of F.G. Goode’s department store and into a marvellous musical whirl of glitz and glamour with
Ladies in Black. This world premiere adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, is brought to life by internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from superstar singer and musician, Tim Finn (Split Enz, Crowded House).

Sydney is crossing the threshold between the stuffy repression of the 1950s and the glorious liberation of the 1960s. Bright-eyed bookish school leaver Lisa is to join the sales staff in the city’s most prestigious department store. In that summer of innocence, a world of possibilities opens up as she befriends the colourful denizens of the women’s frocks department – including her new mentor, the exotic European Magda, mysterious mistress of the gowns.

With a dash of delicate comedy, Ladies in Black is a magical modern-day fairytale set in a city on the cusp of becoming cosmopolitan, and marks the triumphant return of musical theatre to Queensland Theatre Company’s stage.

 Queensland Government Ladies in Black is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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