Play takes us back in time at Henry Lawson Theatre

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Australia’s iconic 1980s – a time when the colours were bright, and the hair was just as big as the shoulder pads. But, it was the flow on effect of ‘70s sexual liberation and feminism that was having an impact on men.

This month, Henry Lawson Theatre INC is bringing it all back, as Hannie Rayson’s ‘Room to Move’ takes the stage.

‘Room to Move’ tells the story of 29-year-old lodger, Bernie, as he moves in with 62-year-old widow, Peggy, and her devious children, Virginia and Roger.

Director Sari Erasmus Hickey is especially excited to be bringing the script to life, as it was given to her by Doreen Warburton, who started the Q Theatre and brought it to Penrith in 1977.

“Audiences will enjoy it as even today, there is so much they can relate to – it has fast-moving action with no drawn-out sections, which will test their attention spans,” she said.

“This is all performed on a flexible set with an innovative design displaying many ‘80s inventions that became part of our lives.”

‘Room to Move’ will be on at Henry Lawson Theatre from Friday, May 20. To book, visit

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