Picton Theatre Group Inc is proud to perform the Australian Premiere of "Mum's the Word", an Australian family comedy play by Nth NSW script writer Jay Corr; directed by Colleen Soper.
The story revolves around an average Australian family, enjoying life and all it has to offer, when ‘the mother-in-law’, Maxine, decides to pay them a visit. Wayne, the son-in-law, knows that Maxine worships the ground he is going to and there is definitely no love lost between the two.
The Premiere is 8pm on Saturday the 22nd Sept, at the historic Wollondilly Shire Hall, in Menangle St, Picton, NSW.
Show are: 8pm on 22nd Sept & on 6th Oct, and 2 shows on each Saturday of the 29th Sept, and the 13th Oct 2012.
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A play rehearsal is interrupted by the arrival of a divided family who have been abandoned by their creator and are seeking an author, ‘any author’, to give them a ‘definitive artistic form’ so their stories may be staged. While the first performance of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author to a Rome audience in May 1921 was almost booed off the stage it has gone on to have many successful seasons and is still a major part of the theatrical repertoire. The play, in part, is Pirandello’s attack on the Italian theatre of the time, with its actor-managers and star-systems, its stock characterisations, and its standard repertoire of romantic melodramas. However, it is a play on many levels. It raises questions about the nature of reality, of what constitutes identity, and how we can gauge what is truth. On another level it is a hysterical romantic melodrama about a warring family who live out their emotions on the skin. And, it is also a deeply tragic revenge narrative – a tale of betrayal, adultery, suicide and death. Students enrolled in theatre studies at UWA present this very physical, at times comedic, and often provocatively philosophical play, virtually uncut and unlike many productions we choose not to attempt to modernise it into the contemporary world of electronic media.