In essence, ‘9 to 5’ is a fun little show about prejudice, overcoming problems together, and how harmful stereotypes can be. The villain of the story is Mr. Hart, played by Nathan Farrow, holds back his female employees by rewarding his male employees — even if they have less experience.
However, he is not only prejudiced against women, he also cheats on his wife and sexually harasses his secretary Doralee, played by Nicole Butler. He is an unpleasant character all around.
However, the two other main women, Violet, played by Renee Bechara, and Judy, played by Rebecca Coe, have their own prejudices against Doralee and treat her rather badly. The situation only changes for the three women when they ‘accidentally’ kidnap their boss and lead the company together.
If I had to describe the musical with one word, it would be ‘fun’. It explores the struggles of a few people, who try to make a living with what they have to do, but necessarily with what they want to do. Each of the main characters on stage reveal their dreams and in most cases it’s stark contrast from reality.
However, even when exploring topics like this, the musical is not depressing, but rather uplifting. It makes for a fun night out with friends.
Monique Pitzer was born and raised in Germany, where she also started working as a freelance journalist and freelance writer. She moved to Australia and started a business as a writer, translator, and tutor.
‘9 to 5’ runs 14-22 July 2017 at NIDA. Buy tickets now.
The venue is accessible.