By Debra Oswald
19 October 2020
With great sadness, Griffin Theatre Company has announced the temporary closure of the SBW Stables Theatre, which means that our the 50 Years of the Stables Play Reading of Debra Oswald’s Mr Bailey’s Minder has been cancelled.
As part of celebrating 50 Years of the Stables, Griffin is presenting a series of rehearsed play readings across 2020 of seminal works from the Stables’ canon. These readings are hosted by theatre aficionado John McCallum, former Griffin Script Club captain and theatre reviewer for the Australian.
Our second play reading for the year is Debra Oswald’s Mr Bailey’s Minder.
Leo Bailey is Australia’s greatest living artist. He lives in a fabulous hovel, built into a cliff over-looking Sydney Harbour, where his genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of carers until she finds Therese, who is down to her last job and determined to make a go of it.
This is a tough and funny play about friendship, forgiveness, ego and the secret longing for a better life.
Director Kate Gaul
Play Reading Cancelled [Monday 19 October 2020, 7pm]
Approximately 85 minutes plus a 20-minute post-reading Q&A with John McCallum and creatives involved in the reading.
The Mr Bailey’s Minder play reading will be performed live at the SBW Stables. If there are any changes to this plan, you’ll be updated as soon as possible.
Mr Bailey’s Minder was first produced at the SBW Stables Theatre in 2004. The original company included:
Director Christopher Hurrell
Set & Costume Designer Jo Briscoe
Lighting Designer Stephen Hawker
Music & Sound Designer Basil Hogios
Stage Manager Ned Matthews
Cast Victoria Longley, Kate Mulvany, Andrew Rodoreda, Martin Vaughan
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.