Di and Viv and Rose

Theatre, Drama Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company) , Southbank Saturday August 12 2017 - Saturday September 16 2017
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Di and Viv and Rose
Nadine Garner

Marion Potts returns to the stage to direct this British play about female friendship, starring three of Melbourne's finest actresses

Amelia Bullmore's appealing play is about three students who share a flat in the '80s and remain friends as their lives take them in very different directions. The situation is hardly original but rich in possibility as the young people discover who they are and what they want from life. Rose is a bit flaky – enthusiastic about everyone, including most of the men on campus. She compulsively prepares meals for her flatmates to eat. Amazonian Di is sporty and gay. Viv is an ambitious, militant sociologist who wears '40s dresses.

The whole of the first half is set in the flat. Although the doorbell frequently rings, there are no other characters and the outside world rarely impinges. No mention of Thatcher for instance. It's the energy of Bullmore's writing that appeals as the friendships wobble and then deepen in the face of a series of crises.

This is an edited version of Time Out London's 2013 review.

Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Di and Viv and Rose, helmed by former Malthouse artistic director Marion Potts, will star Nadine Garner, Belinda McClory and Mandy McElhinney.

Venue name: Southbank Theatre (Melbourne Theatre Company)
Address: 140 Southbank Blvd
Transport: Nearby stations: Flinders Street
Price: $82-$121
Event website: http://www.mtc.com.au/plays-and-tickets/season-2017/di-and-viv-and-rose/