Three Birds Theatre will pay tribute to Australia's first all-girl team of mechanics with its production of new Australian play Garage Girls this month.
The play will be at La mama Courthouse from July 19-30.
The story takes place in the roaring 1920s - when the garage was established at Cotham Road, Kew in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.
Audiences will be taken back to the era of prohibition, motorcars, and post-World War I Australia, with a pandemic thrown in for good measure.
Based on true events, the play tells the story of Alice Anderson - who led a remarkable life before passing away in mysterious circumstances at the age of 29. Alice was a mechanic, feminist and inventor of the rolling trolley which is now standard in all garages.
The play is part history, part farce and part whodunnit.
Co-producer, co-writer, co-founder of The Shift Theatre and actor Carolyn Bock said the company had been so inspired by Alice's story they had felt compelled to bring it to the stage.
"It was so incredible to think there was this amazing woman, back in the 1920s in Australia, breaking down gender barriers," she said.
"We felt that was an important story to tell and so teamed up with Three Birds Theatre to shine a light on Alice and her all-girl garage."
Directed by Janice Muller, the play is based on true events and inspired by Loretta Smith's book A Spanner In the Works: The extraordinary story of Alice Anderson and Australia's first all-girl garage.
It was written by Three Birds Theatre's Candace Miles, Madelaine Nunn and Anna Rodway, alongside The Shift Theatre's Bock and Helen Hopkins.
The production will also tour regional Victoria in 2024.
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