Wicked Sisters


When George Hobbes—scientific genius­—dies, his widow, Meridee, hosts a lunch for three friends. The four women have known each other since their youth but their lives have gone in divergent directions. As secrets unravel through their reminiscences, George’s influential theories of evolution based on ‘deadly’ competition begin to have an uncanny resonance and Meridee’s genteel Blue Mountains idyll dissolves into a battleground. Alma De Groen’s new play takes a sharp-fanged, humorous look at the shape of women’s lives.

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  • 4 total
  • 4 female identifying
  • women, gender
  • adult
  • Currency Press


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Female | 50s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 35

EXTRACT: ..if he thinks I'm Judith I'll behave like Judith - I couldn't see you wiping up his mess. I got less and less tolerant of him in really mean, nasty, petty ways. I kept telling myself: this is the Judith factor. It was payback time for all the things he'd done to me... I got to a point where I loathed myself. I looked at him doddering and shitting and I thought: you're not going gently into that good night, you're not going to rage either; you're going to go shambling into the grave with me mopping up after you.

Adult language


Female | 50s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 48

EXTRACT: You heard the smash and you came out. I remember the look of concern on your face. I thought: it's going to be okay. Meridee understands bottom up from top down. I got out of the car and you said, 'Is everything all right - ?' I said, 'No, it's not all right'. And I told you how you could make it all right, how you could get me re-instated with my work properly acknowledged. And what did you say, Meridee?

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