Always a lady but still having fun! It sounds like a good recipe for life doesn’t it? After all, why not, the two don’t sound mutually exclusive, do they? But wait a minute, what if these ladies are in their 90s? You might ask, is that possible? Well, according to the new play entitled “Minnie and Liraz”, it is indeed possible.
Therefore, if you are caring for an elderly loved one who loves the theatre, this might be the ticket. We know, at Gold Age Australia, that our beloved residents love to be entertained. What’s more, they love nothing better than a good laugh. Which is why we thought this play might interest your family.
They say that laughter is the best medicine. Well, the synopsis of this play may turn out to be just what the doctor ordered. It is the Melbourne Theatre company’s latest production. The stars are three well-known Australian actresses. Virginia Gay, Nancy Hayes and Sue Jones. With the play being described as a romantic comedy.
The story revolves around two nonagenarians living in a retirement home in Caulfield. Minnie and Liraz are played by Nancy Hayes and Sue Jones. Virginia Gay plays the granddaughter and Peter Paltos the grandson. The two older ladies play bridge and are very competitive. Furthermore, the script describes them as conniving and competitive bridge-champion grandmothers.
However, there is an undercurrent here. That is because the grandmothers are trying to matchmake their grandkids, described as oddball. It is the story of kindly Jewish grandparents mixed with raw ambition. Moreover, the play is described as funny and brilliantly original.
Australian Lally Katz is described in the press as “White hot”. Her play “Neighbourhood Watch” was a success for the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2014. In fact, ABC radio National has described Lally Katz as one of Australia’s most prolific and lauded playwrights. Whilst The Age newspaper described her as “Among Australian playwrights of her generation, Lally Katz probably has the most original dramatic imagination.” High praise indeed.
Anne-Louise Sarks, is described in the press as an award-winning director. However she is also an actor and theatre maker. She obtained her BA honours in performance studies from the University of Sydney. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007.
Anne-Louise Sarks is a director, actor and theatre maker. For The Hayloft Project she co-adapted and directed ‘The Nest’. She went on to co-devise and direct ‘Yuri Wells’, and was dramaturge and assistant director on ‘Thyestes’ (Malthouse Theatre, Belvoir and Sydney Festival. Further, she directed ‘The Seed’ (Melbourne Theatre Company) and assistant directed ‘The Wild Duck’ (Belvoir – Sydney.
The production is on from 12 May to 24 June 2017
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It all sounds like an evening of good fun. With the added bonus of some extremely talented players, and two lauded directors and playwrights. So, Aall that remains, dear reader, is for us here at Gold Age Australia to say “Au Revoir”. Please look out for our next blog and expect the best from us as always. From our extended family here, we send you love and good wishes until next time. Bye bye.
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