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July 23, 2012

First Night of ‘Frivolities at Five Ways’

Frivolities at Five Ways is a very entertaining way to spend an evening.

These seven short plays are guaranteed to have you laughing at the way the characters see the world.

I went along to the first night of this season of short plays to join Linda Jaivin, Susanne Gervay and Linda’s friends Alexander, Ahmed, Lesley, Mandy, Rosemary and Simon. It was a lively table with wine, cheese and chatter—but all eyes and ears were on the performers as soon as the Frivolities began.

I loved Linda Jaivin’s play Lucky to Have Them, a hilarious monologue set in a Double Bay hairdressing salon, where a woman unloads her neurotic thoughts and trivial troubles onto her long-suffering stylist; but is so involved in her problems that she fails to see he has left the room. Linda tells me it was inspired by an article that she once read about a celebrity hairdresser in Double Bay and the women who went to him. Emma Harris gives a very amusing and expressive performance as a woman of privilege who feels much put-upon by the demands and antics of family and friends.

All of the plays had the audience chuckling.They are all well written with sterling performances from the actors. Another highlight for me was the witty Tumble Tots,  written by Kate Toon, which really hit the mark as a comment on ‘helicopter’ mums who compete to be the most socially aware and environmentally conscious in their neighbourhood. A touch of pathos amid the many laugh-out-loud moments. Nicola Furst and Corinne Marie were superb in performing this very topical play.

Congratulations to the Writers: Linda Jaivin, Kate Toon, Mark Harvey, Pete Malicki, Malcolm Frawley;    Actors: Nicola Furst, Corinne Marie, Grace Rouvray, Emma Harris, Claire Gandy, David Woodland, Steven McGrath; Directors: Malcolm Frawley, Lewis Scamozzi, Ingrid Yin Hu; and to Nicola Furst producer and organiser–and to furst class productions.

Finally, congratulations to Susanne Gervay who won a raffle prize—looking forward to seeing the ‘love those lashes’ fluttering.

The venue is St George Church in Paddington, and it’s showtime every Saturday night from 21 July through 25 August. Bookings at Moshtix.

First Night at Frivolities at Five-Ways.

 Linda’ story ‘Karim’ is published in Alien Shores, tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Published Brass Monkey Books, May 2012.

Her latest book is A Most Immoral Woman 



  1. Thanks for your kind review of my play, so glad you enjoyed the night. Best wishes, Kate Toon

    Comment by Kate Toon Writer (@KateToon) — July 23, 2012 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

    • I love your play, Kate. It is not only really funny but it also makes you think … Well done! It was a great night, really enjoyed it.

      Comment by roundtablewriting — July 23, 2012 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  2. Loved it!!!!!!

    Comment by Susanne Gervay — July 23, 2012 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  3. Me, too, Susanne!

    Comment by roundtablewriting — July 23, 2012 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  4. Am so glad you enjoyed!!! Thank you for your kind words, I really enjoy performing Linda’s piece. Let’s hope everyone spreads the word and comes along for a laugh!

    Comment by Emma Louise — July 23, 2012 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

    • Hi Emma,
      I hope everyone goes along to see Frivolities, too. With all the laughter and good humour, It’s a great warm way to spend a cold winter night! If you would like me to add your photo to the gallery, please send to me at
      Wishing you all the best (and great audiences) for the rest of the season.

      Comment by roundtablewriting — July 24, 2012 @ 9:16 am | Reply

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