Ladies in Black at Heidelberg Theatre Company

“Ladies in Black” set in the 1950s, about a young schoolgirl navigating her post-leaving certificate life. The play unfolds at the prestigious Goodes department store in Sydney, where the protagonist encounters a diverse trio of women—all facing their own problems. The narrative, dynamically portrayed on stage with seamless set changes, captures the challenges faced by young women in the 1950s. The stellar performances, particularly the emotional depth conveyed by the cast, combined with exquisite 1950s costumes, make this production a must-see. “Ladies in Black” is a triumph in storytelling, offering a poignant reflection on female empowerment and resilience.          – Sen Mack (Author)

About the play

Recent High School graduate Lisa Miles has an ambition to attend university, against her father’s wishes, but meanwhile takes a holiday job at Goodes, the most prestigious department store in 1950s Sydney. Here a world of new possibilities awaits her as she makes friends with the ladies who work in the women’s frock department.

Based on the 1993 novel The Women in Black by Madeleine St John, and first staged by the Queensland Theatre Company in 2015, this delightful musical is a celebration of glamour, gowns and growing up.



Fri. Nov. 17th – Sat. Dec. 2nd, 2023

Times:  Weeknights at 8.00pm

Sundays and first two Saturdays at 2.00pm

Where:  36 Turnham Avenue, Rosanna 3084

Ladies in Black Poster for Heidelberg Theatre Company

Music and Lyrics by Tim Finn
Book by Carolyn Burns
Directed by Tim Scott
Musical Director: John Clancy
Choreographer: Jenny Vincent-Green


Lisa Miles          Rafaela Cleve Gerkens
Mrs Miles           Rachel Ross
Miss Cartwright/
Mrs Crown          Maree Barnett
Magda                 Elise Moorhouse
Miss Jacobs       Di Mileo
Fay                        Llaaneath Poor
Patty                     Aislinn Ryan
Frank                     Harry Tibballs
Rudi/Lloyd            Matt Biscombe
Stefan/Fred          James Antonas
Mr Miles                Gavin Baker
Myra/Ensemble    Hillary Aramze
Joy/Ensemble       Frankie Photiadis
Dawn/Ensemble   Jess Cook

Ladies in Black in rehearsal

Photographer: David Belton