THE MELBOURNE MONOOGUES, the second show in our 2015 Page to Stage Season, ran from 20th – 25th October. Directed by ELIZABETH WALLEY, with sound and lighting by Mazz Ryan, The Melbourne Monologues gave theatre-goers the opportunity to enjoy six original scripts, written by MWT members and peformed by a fine cast of actors. The Melbourne Monologues drew an enthusiastic response from audiences, who appreciated the rich and varied showcase of writing.
It was gratifying to note the opportunities yielded by The Melbourne Monologues. While three of the pieces were penned by experienced playwrights – Carmen Saarelaht (“I Have Everything I Want”), Bruce Shearer (“I’m A Certainty”) and Christine Croyden (“War Artist”) – the other three came from new and emerging playwrights Mazz Ryan (“Lost”), Neil McGovern (“I Love You”) and Barry Revill (“Cry of a Forgotten Woman”).
The fact that both the writers and performers also spanned a vast range of ages, from 20+ through to 80+, with both genders equally represented, is, we feel, a rarity on a modern Australian stage. Added to the quality of the writing and performances, and Elizabeth Walley’s powerful, elegant direction, this embracing of “the new, the old and the untested” is something of which MWT can feel especially proud.
Photos: Ian Thrussell