WITH the actors reprising their roles, this felt like a welcome and timely update to the characters depicted in Ladies’ Day last year.

Ladies Down Under was another bold, truthful and very funny depiction of women’s friendships and life’s lessons.

The actresses were totally believable as the four friends, a mismatched quartet held together by more than their factory job and dreams of something more.

Director Bob Blake has created a production of immense wit and fun without short-changing on the drama lurking beneath. The impressive set design – a concave backdrop on to which all manner of sets were added – worked brilliantly. Great use was made of music and sound.

The acting was top quality, with even the smallest roles well defined. The flight attendants were a hoot and the drag queens a flamboyant delight. But at its heart were the four ladies Down Under and the four actresses did not fail to deliver.