Tale a mirror on women’s lives

Cassandra Gorman, at front, is part of an ensemble cast playing a variety of roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore along with Susan Lynch, Kayti Murphy, Petrina Harley and Joy Northover.
Cassandra Gorman, at front, is part of an ensemble cast playing a variety of roles in Love, Loss and What I Wore along with Susan Lynch, Kayti Murphy, Petrina Harley and Joy Northover.

Directed by Brentwood resident Vanessa Jensen at Melville Theatre, Love, Loss and What I Wore is written by Nora and Delia Ephron � together they wrote the screenplay for You�ve Got Mail, while Nora has received original screenplay Academy Award nominations for When Harry Met Sally, Silkwood and Sleepless in Seattle.

Based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, the play is a series of monologues about women�s relationships, their wardrobes and how the two sometimes interact, providing a time capsule of a woman�s life.

Gorman plays a variety of women who reminisce about what they wore in their youth, growing up and coming of age.

�They explore how items of clothing link them emotionally to these past events,� she said.

�The women all tell stories of boyfriends, girlfriends, family and high school proms and they�re stories that every female, and male, can relate to and identify with.

�As the play is, for the most part, a collection of monologues, there is a huge task for me to convincingly deliver distinctly different characters for each woman.�

She was keen to work with Jensen on Love, Loss and What I Wore, given her vast experience and many theatre awards.

Jensen said Love, Loss and What I Wore was about more than just clothes.

�It�s about memories and the moments that shaped a person�s life while also looking at family and why dressing room mirrors make you look so hideous,� she said.

�The play is moving and raises interesting issues, yet is also humorous, done in such a way that someone in the audience will recognise and relate to nearly every line delivered.�

Love, Loss and What I Wore plays at 8pm on September 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 with a 2pm matinee on September 13.

Tickets are $20, $15 concession.

Book on 9330 4565 or at www.meltheco. org.au.

Melville Theatre is on the corner of Stock Rd and Canning Hwy.