• Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic

© Copyright DARREN BREALEY 2019

Disturbing Mavis.jpeg

This footage contains a performance of Disturbing Mavis as performed in the 2008 Short+Sweet Singapore Festival, at Esplanade Theatre Studio, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore with Loretta Chen.

Set in a nursing home, this is a practical look at the subject of growing old and the not-so-attractive consequences. Mavis is a lonely soul who finds solidarity in comforting her husband, Alfred. She fills the boredom of her days by reading and engaging in one-sided arguments with an inert Alfred. When the Ambulance Officers arrive to take Alfred away, we discover the reason for Alfred’s inertia and witness Mavis’ frustration and helplessness.

 

Mavis and Alfred’s bedroom; in it is a chair and small table that sits down stage right. A two-seater settee and coffee table sit centre stage and another chair sit centre stage left, in front of an open fire. A small fire burns in the fireplace. Double doors to a hallway up centre stage and a window over looking the street, stage left. Alfred sits in front of the fireplace with his back facing the audience; a blanket covers his legs. A newspaper is draped over the arm of the chair. A red ambulance light reflects into the room, similar of that to a flashing sign or billboard.

 

First produced as a stand alone event

 

Direction by Shaun Oxley

 

CAST

Elizabeth Penny          …          Mavis

 

VENUE
Workhouse Theatre

145 Victoria Parade

Collingwood, Victoria

Australia

 

PERFORMANCES

June 1998

Wednesday 17th to Sunday 21st

Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th

 

July 1998

Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th

 

CREW

Costume Design       …          Jennifer Hyland

Lighting Design        …          Julian Brignell

Producer                   …          Darren Brealey

Book collection of one act plays and full length plays