Following its Zoom reading of Nick Enright’s St James Infirmary and an earlier live Anzac Day rendering of Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year – both to aid the Actors Benevolent Fund – Les Solomon’s Lambert House Enterprises returns with a new fund-raising rehearsed reading of a great Australian play to support actors in financial trouble … especially those caught in NSW and unable to return to their home states after big productions shut down due to Covid restrictions.
This time it’s Ray Lawler’s classic play Kid Stakes the first of the iconic “Doll Trilogy”. The play was written as a ‘prequel’ many years after the internationally acclaimed Summer of the 17th Doll and focuses on the central characters of Roo, Barney, Olive and Nancy as they meet up for the first time and begin the alliance that follows for 17 summers.
The cast this time will be headed by Valerie Bader as Emma, the cantankerous but kind-hearted woman working herself and her daughter through the depression and taking boarders into her house in Carlton, Melbourne in 1937. Supporting Valerie will be a cast including Rachel Marley, Lachlan Beck, Madeleine Wighton, Isaac Broadbent and Callum Slater. Samuel Welsh features as narrator.