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A celebration of friendship that doesn’t shy away from truth


It still seems rare to see women over “a certain age” front and centre in works of entertainment.

So often, they’re relegated to a supporting role such as mother, grandmother or aunt in someone’s else’s story.

However, that’s not the case in Wild Thing, which is heading to Performance Arts Culture Cessnock (PACC) for one night only on Wednesday 10 April from 8pm.

From award-winning Australian writer Suzanne Hawley, it brings the intertwined tales of four women in their 60s to the fore, in a provocative story for our times that is as funny as it is poignant.

Wild Thing tells the story of Jackie (Di Smith), Elizabeth (Helen O’Connor), Frances (Katrina Foster) and Susan (Di Adams), who become besties at high school in the 1950s and find freedom in Swinging London a decade later, before carving out very different lives for themselves.

While they don’t see each other as often, they always meet up once a year for the Musketeer’s dinner.

But, this year is different.

Past 60, older but no wiser, the most radical member of the group is in crisis.

To offer their support, the “Musketeers” take Jackie back to her country home for a weekend to relax and let their hair down.

What could possibly go wrong?

What follows tests their friendship, their morals and their courage as never before.

And, a final twist in the tale will change their lives forever.

The cast is comprised of a veritable who’s who of Australian film and television.

Di Smith (A Country Practice, The Great Outdoors), Katrina Foster (Sea Change, All Saints), Di Adams (Secret City, The Other Guy), and Helen O’Connor (Home & Away, Breakers) are joined by Lewis Fitz-Gerald (Breaker Morant, Janet King) and Tony Poli (Underbelly, Stingers).

Smith, who also serves as producer of Wild Things, believes it’s time the stories on the stage better represented the audiences who attend.

“Go to any show, film festival or writer’s festival, and who makes up most of the audience?” she said.

“Older women, right?

“So, why are their stories so rarely told?

“Wild Thing breaks this mould.”

Tickets are on sale at the PACC Box Office, by phone on 02 4993 4266 or online at



  • When: Wednesday 10 May
  • Where: PACC (Performance Arts Culture Cessnock)
  • Time: 8pm
  • Bookings: or phone 4993 4266

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