The Real Housewives of Perth comes to Wanneroo stage

Meet The Real Housewives of Perth… Joanne (Kate Elder, left), Lulu (Butler resident Hayley Green), Joanne (Craigie resident Naomi Cooper), Babette (Gnangara resident Katherine Blower) and Penny (Joondalup resident Tania Morrow).
Meet The Real Housewives of Perth… Joanne (Kate Elder, left), Lulu (Butler resident Hayley Green), Joanne (Craigie resident Naomi Cooper), Babette (Gnangara resident Katherine Blower) and Penny (Joondalup resident Tania Morrow).

WHETHER they’re cute, catty and comical or beautiful, bitchy and backstabbing, The Real Housewives of Perth are coming to Wanneroo’s Limelight Theatre.

Written by Molly Bell and directed by Hocking resident Helen Smolders, the musical is based on the television franchise and localised for a WA audience, looking at how the women interact with each other and their partners.

Wives Joanne, Babette, Beezus, Lulu and Penny each have their moment in the sun to showcase their life.

The Real Housewives of Perth (played by Gnangara resident Katherine Blower, left, Kate Elder, Craigie resident Naomi Cooper, Joondalup resident Tania Morrow and Butler resident Hayley Green) lust after the only male in the show (Jacob Turner).

But they all have secrets, revealed during the course of the show – and the musical explores how they deal with these revelations.

“It’s a fun look at their interactions, which range from feeling part of the group to being the outcast, although the show naturally does have a happy ending,” Smolders said.

“The musical was first performed in the US in 2016 and the writers encouraged us to localise the content to ensure it was relevant for our audience.

Jacob Turner, left, is the only male in The Real Housewives of Perth, playing 17 characters, with Kate Elder as Joanne.

“This is my first time directing so the challenge is to make each scene work with the script.”

Previously working with the Bunbury Musical Comedy Group and Bunbury Repertory Club, Smolders has been involved with backstage work, ’Allo ’Allo and “dressing up as a crocodile and chicken in summer pantomimes”.

“As soon as I saw the script for The Real Housewives of Perth, I felt this musical was the right one for my debut,” she said.

“I loved the action and this story is real.”

Joondalup resident Tania Morrow, left, is Penny and Craigie resident Naomi Cooper is Joanne in The Real Housewives of Perth.

North Beach resident Jacob Turner is the only man in the cast, playing 17 roles that range from a priest and waiter through to a doctor and “woman caller”.

“Some are largely comic relief and some help advance the story in various ways,” Turner said

“But no matter what the part, they’re all a huge amount of fun.

“This biggest challenge has been trying to create so many characters to a high standard.

“I want to get all of the roles to a level I’m happy with, incorporating little idiosyncrasies where I can, while still being able to change between them quickly.”

Previously taking part in school productions and drama classes, Turner has since appeared in several productions with Limelight and Stirling Theatres, including Sunset Boulevard.

The Real Housewives of Perth plays at 8pm on March 14, 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 with a 2pm matinee March 24 at Limelight Theatre on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

Tickets cost $21 or $18 on concession – book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or call 0499 954 016 on weekday mornings.