Queensland Theatre The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race

7 - 28 Oct 2023
Bille Brown Theatre
Duration TBC
$68 - $97

Available Discounts

Senior, Concession, Youth, Groups, Schools


Welcome to Appleton, a tidy country town with a population of 1557. Stop in at the pub in the arvo, try your luck with the pokies and why not stay for the annual Potato Race?

It’s the highlight of the year. Only this year Dr Penny Anderson is back home in Appleton, and she has a question. Why should the prize money for the race be more for the men than for the women?

Cousin Nikki thinks Penny is up herself. Long-time resident Barb is up for a change but her friend Bev isn’t a fan of the tree-changers and their woke ways. Can they work together to smash through the glass ceiling, one potato sack at a time?

Playwright Melanie Tait takes real life events and brings us a warm comedy showing the world that there’s more than one way to win a race.

Presented by Queensland Theatre

Special Events

Play Briefing

  • Tue 3 Oct 2023, 6:00 PM

Night with the Artists

  • Mon 16 Oct 2023, 6:30 PM

If you want to know about the audition process for an actor, how a character was developed, or why that piece of music was chosen, consider booking the Night with the Artists performances on selected evenings. Following the show, the cast and creatives discuss the process with you.


  • Written by Melanie Tait
  • Directed by Priscilla Jackman

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