Dramatic theatre at Penrith

Drama-packed: Some of the cast of The Children's Hour.
Drama-packed: Some of the cast of The Children's Hour.

The Children's Hour is a 1934 American play by Lillian Hellman. It is a drama set in an all-girls boarding school run by two women, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie. An angry student, Mary Tilford, runs away from the school and to avoid being sent back she tells her grandmother that the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives. It may be remembered from the popular movie which starred Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine.

This performance, by Ruby Productions, is on at John Lees Centre, 15 Evan Street; Penrith, on Saturdays February 1, 8 and 22 at 7pm, plus a 2pm matinee on February 22.

Director Anthony Brown said: "This is a play I've wanted to stage for many years. I recall as a young boy watching the popular film and truly being affected. This is an important play and very relevant to today - how incorrect gossip can hurt people."

Tickets $25 adults, $20 concession, $35 at door. To book, see www.trybooking.com/538603 or 4735 5422.