And I'm the Queen of Sheba

by Kate Wyvill

Brown’s Mart Theatre, Darwin

Melissa Jaffer as Alma                       

   Click on the image below for slide show                                            Photographer  Paz Tassone                                                                                          

And I'm the Queen of Sheba                                                                                                       

Alma lives on a spectacular but debt-ridden cattle station somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The cattle are long gone and no income is coming in but she refuses to give up her home. Out of the blue a wealthy stranger appears bearing gifts. Alma spies a plan of salvation. Hope is on the horizon and prosperity is in the air … or is a thunderous storm of tumult rolling her way? Hilarity and tragedy sweep the stage as these beguiling and feisty characters battle for security in their unstable world.

A new play by Kate Wyvill (Marbles, The Wardrobe) with dramaturgy by multi award-winning stage and screenwriter, Katherine Thomson (Diving for Pearls, House of Hancock, Schapelle) directed by Grace Barnes. Indigenous consultant, Noel Tovey AM. Starring Melissa Jaffer as Alma, Russell Kiefel as Frank, David James as Joe and Leroy Parsons as The Stranger.

Season cancelled due to the tragic death of actor Russell Kiefel.

 

 

Marbles

by Kate Wyvill

Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin

Script now available to download at australianplays.org

http://australianplays.org/script/ASC-1546

Sydney premiere produced by Crying Chair Theatre opens November 2018

 Tom Pauling as  Stanley  Photographer Shane Eecen, Creative Light Studios

Tom Pauling as Stanley Photographer Shane Eecen, Creative Light Studios

Marbles is a funny and moving drama that takes us under the skin of family life. Bit by bit it scrapes away at the veneers of sibling civility exposing the lengths some of us will go to in the name of love. 

Stanley, a highly successful autocratic businessman, ran his family with the same force of personality as he ran his business until the incapacitating creep of Alzheimer’s disease. Now with his patriarchal authority diminished he is dependent upon the full-time care of his eldest daughter. Beach walks and feather collecting have replaced boardroom manipulations and union battles.  However Stanley still has his power over one thing; a promise he coerced from his three daughters several years ago. As his other two daughters arrive to celebrate his birthday, Stanley has a chance to extract their promise, but can he now control them?

From within his world of Shirley Bassey, Stanley watches his family gather. Frances arrives from Berlin with more than just a recording of her latest symphony. Amelia has baked more than just a birthday cake. Natasha clings to routines with more than just a smile. The last thing Stanley needs, or so he believes, is the arrival of his interfering estranged ex-wife. 

Marbles grapples ferociously and hilariously with the challenges of a family under pressure.

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    CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO VIEW ABC 730 REPORT ON VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA AND  MARBLES

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Gail Evans as Amelia  

Source: http://australianplays.org/script/ASC-1546

Going Potty

by Kate Wyvill

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2004, West Midlands 2006, Hampstead London 2007

Transient

Going Potty is the precursor to The Wardrobe and was the playwright's debut as a writer. Going Potty is a 50 minute one act, black comedy which premiered in August 2004 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the Kate also taking the role of Emma. 

The production venue was Sweet on The Grassmarket and the show played daily for the three weeks of the Festival and was reviewed as, 'This is the greatest birth control product since I found out about tearing' (3 Weeks In Edinburgh) and from The Scotsman,'Even the hardest of hearts would have empathy for this script which effortlessly taps into the insecurities of many a middle aged woman'.

'There is a lot of humour in the play but its real power lies in the originality and sensitivity of its sadder vision' (Theatre Guide London)

Director – Denise Gilfoyle
Emma/Sally – Kate Wyvill
Robert – Simon Greenway
Lighting Designer – Nick Marston
Stage Manager – Marie Costa
Photographer - Tony Adams