The play, suggested and directed by group member Gwen Barnes, Dinkum Assorted, is set in Australia, not too far from Sydney, during World War 2.
An American Air Force base is close by, and even though the men do not appear in the play they are very much part of the story, as is Rita the goat, who is their mascot.
The women all work in a biscuit factory which produces plain and creamy biscuits. The conversations between them are often humorous. Much fun is created when the women all assemble for ARP – practice for the possible air raids. The goat being captured to give it ‘freedom’ also gives some laughs. When the women hear that the factory may close, the cranking up of the old cooker to impress the owners with a new army biscuit, leads to hilarity also.
There is also pathos. The crusty elderly woman who is the boss’s tea lady is not accepted by the group, as is the newcomer - a stylish young woman who has personal problems to deal with. Another young woman cannot accept that her husband will never be coming back and struggles to cope with her life.
It will be interesting to see how the problems of all of the women are resolved!
There is a lot of action in this play. It is listed as a musical, but most of the songs are sung at a Christmas concert at the end of the book. Who knows? If we have time, we may try to sing some of them to tunes which we already know. Could be fun!!