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It’s funny what a woman will reveal to another woman when she’s under pressure. Until 10.23 on Wednesday morning, no-one had the faintest idea what Julia had done at the staff Christmas party. None of them knew about young Lucy’s unfulfilled dream, or that Barb had a huge secret she’s been keeping for the last twenty years. And who could have had any inkling that Marg, stalwart employee and doting grandmother, would drop such a bombshell, or that Zoe could be so burdened with guilt after the events of one fateful night? But at 10.23am, on an otherwise normal Wednesday morning, Patty and her boyfriend walk through the doors, and life at the bank will never be quite the same again…

Written by insightful Melbourne playwright Cerise de Gelder, and featuring a stellar all-female cast, HOSTAGE is a funny, fast-paced and sharply intelligent new play about the friendships between women, the invisible ties that bind us, and how these are stretched in a crisis. If you’re looking for the ultimate Girls’ Night Out at this year’s Fringe, you just found it.

Directed by Elizabeth Walley, produced by Clare Mendes, stage managed by Barbara Toohey and presented by Melbourne Writers’ Theatre – proudly taking brand new Victorian plays from page to stage since 1982.