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That's us! . Carolyn Willis (left), Stevie Gallagher (centre) and Vivien Leslie play three women who form a gang in the South Canterbury Drama League's end-of-year production, The Jailhouse Frocks. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The South Canterbury Drama League’s intimate Playhouse stage transforms into a jail cell for its upcoming production of The Jailhouse Frocks

The league is trying out a new format for its end of year dinner show with a rollicking comedy in the Playhouse auditorium followed by a buffet-style meal at half-time from The Grazing Plate.

Production manager Chris Thomas said they wanted to finish the year with a laugh-out-loud, fun night out while keeping the ticket price as low as possible for the audience.

“So we came up with the idea of a buffet table from The Grazing Plate at half-time instead of a sit-down meal. Grazing tables are very popular at the moment and The Grazing Plate creates a simply stunning visual feast laden with goodies so we’re hoping our audiences will really enjoy it.”

The Jailhouse Frocks is a fresh, original comedy from Kiwi Devon Williamson, set in a small town outside New York and centres around the arrests of three unlikely women over one night; the mayor’s wife in a state of complete alcoholic breakdown, the local mad cat-lady looking for somewhere to stay out of the rain, and a dangerous-looking New Yorker who has managed to crash her car into the police station while speeding through town.

descends into mayhem with the arrival of a New York gangster, disguised as an FBI agent, hell-bent on exacting revenge on his wife who is locked in the cell. By the end of the night, the ladies have formed a gang, sung some songs, escaped from jail and locked the gangster up in their place, leaving Officer Dwayne wondering how on earth he’s managed to make the arrest of a lifetime.

The show is on nightly at 7pm at the Playhouse, from November 28 to December 6, with a 2pm matinee on Sunday December 1 and makes the perfect end to another busy year.

Tickets are $48 adults/$40 senior citizens with a meal at half-time. For groups of 20 or more there is a discount to $40 per ticket. The matinee is $40 for all tickets. Book online at iticket.co.nz