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lights on petticoat lane


Producer: Mainstreet Theatre, Mount Gambier

A whole community promenade theatre event focusing on six extraordinary individuals born or living in Penola in the SE of South Australia and the environment which made them.


Occasionally one has the rare privilege to witness a huge event where a group of professional artists underpins and involve a community in a theatrical extravaganza…Lights on Petticoat Lane…(is) an ambitious promenade performance involving seven locations in and around the historic Petticoat Lane…Verity Laughton…cleverly and astutely managed to weave historical incidents into a fascinating promenade which allowed the audience a glimpse of Penola’s past…Mainstreet Theatre, the creative team, and the community created a unique theatrical experience – I can only assume they applied (Penola-based Saint) Mary McKillop’s motto “to leave nothing untried, no matter how difficult”.

                                       Cate Fowler, Lowdown, February 1994


“Mainstreet Theatre Company’s production “Lights on Petticoat Lane” …was an outstanding success and has made a significant contribution to the lively image of the town…From the beginning of the project with Writer-in-Community, Verity Laughton, to the musical arrangements and coaching by Julie d’Lima, and the set design by Bob Daly, the emphasis has been on the relevance to Penola and there is no doubting Mainstreet’s goals in this area have been entirely achieved.”


‘A Special Correspondent’, The Penola Pennant, November 1993


I saw a dinosaur


Producer:  Magpie Theatre, Adelaide, 1987

A picaresque journey of a motley band of characters in search of a missing dinosaur egg.


‘I Saw A Dinosaur is bursting with the stuff that good mysteries are made of – suspicious characters, a plot with many twists and turn, clues and ransom notes…charming and lovable…’


Emma Collison, Lowdown, March, 1987

Lights on Petticoat Lane
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