Saturday, January 26th, 2019 - Stirling Theatre

TWO strong ladies feature in two strong plays for Stirling Theatre’s first season of 2019.

Presented under the banner of “Grace and Willpower”, The Greening of Grace is about a woman who changes her politics after traumatic life events while Lady Willpower is a gentle comedy of bad manners, deceit and a battle of siblings over a £30 million estate.

Written by Australian actor William Zappa and directed by Tim Riessen, The Greening of Grace highlights that every individual has the power to change the world.

“The play is told from Grace’s perspective, in retrospect, providing an insight into how her family provided a catalyst for the change,” Riessen said.

“I was inspired to direct the show by what I saw as a strong character in the title role.

“I was also drawn to the play because it retains an Australian flavour.

“The biggest challenge comes from Grace acting as the narrator – allowing her to tell her story is crucial but it’s not a one-person show.” 

Written and directed by Bob Charteris, Lady Willpower stems from the author’s fascination of media reports about families fighting over wills.

“I’ve always thought it would make an ideal subject for a comedy,” he said.

The play features Lady Catherine Cadwalladr, a woman who has led an unusual life and intends to make her last days equally unusual by re-writing her will.

“This causes ructions with her rather nasty and spiteful middle-aged children who think they are going to get an equal share of the estate,” Charteris said.

“That’s until they discover their mother has certain ‘conditions’.”

“Grace and Willpower” plays at 8pm February 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 with 2pm matinees February 10 and 17.

Tickets are $22, $20 concession – book through Morris News on 9446 9120 or at

Stirling Theatre is on Morris Place, Innaloo.


lady willpower1: The cast of Lady Willpower features Chris Kennedy, left, Rachael Coltrona, Claire Westheafer, Jane Sherwood, Owen Phillips and 91-year-old Ursula Johnson, seated at front.

lady willpower2: Three siblings (Claire Westheafer, left, Jane Sherwood and Owen Phillips) aren’t pleased when their mother Lady Cadwalladr (91-year-old Ursula Johnson, front) puts certain conditions in her will.

grace1: The Greening of Grace features Michele Diston, left, Michael Balmer, Elias Cuzens and Sharon Menzies.

grace2: Grace (Sharon Menzies, left) with grandson Tim (Elias Cuzens) in The Greening of Grace.

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Stirling Theatre

Stirling Theatre is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote and encourage drama and allied arts within the City of Stirling for cultural, educational and recreational purposes.

The group has been in existence since 1970 and prides itself on the quality of its productions and endeavours to produce five or six seasons a year. Stirling Theatre also promotes youth theatre activities through the SPY (Stirling Players Youth) group. It also offers opportunities for community groups to fund-raise through charity nights held during a season.

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