Madwomen Monologues is an annual event produced by three women from Baggage Productions, Bridgette Burton – Writer, Director, Actor, Producer, Christina Costigan – Actor, Writer, Producer and Maureen White – Technotrix, theatremaker, Producer in cooperation of Melbourne’s female actors, writers and directors.
Melbourne’s Butterfly Club is running the current season which comprises 2 nightly shows with two sets of six performers doing 10-minute monologues.
I went along to Mondays opening night for the 7 PM show.
All pieces were wonderfully performed some with a subtle, poignant humour and a couple that were simply hilarious, especially Frosting by Bridgette Burton, performed by Nadia Andary, directed by Adele Shelley had the audience from the moment Nadia Andary opened her mouth.
Katrina Mathers living life vicariously in Only Washing and Babies by Cerise de Gelder, directed by Natasha Boyd was wonderfully performed.
Holes in My Sunhat by Katrina Mathers, performed by Isabella Gilbert and directed by Emma Drysdale was a wonderful coming of age piece with Isabella Gilbert performing as a teenage girl dreaming of her future and her first kiss.
A conversation, a goodbye to a partner in this strong but incredibly sad piece, Sound Mind by Dana Hall, performed by El Kiley, directed by Lucy Norton received wonderful applause from an almost full house.
A bright and bouncy Swish, performed by Tenielle Thompson and written by Louise Hopewell, directed by Nadia Andary turned from sweet to sad suddenly.
Anzia, a Fiction is a ghostly memory by Dana Leslie Goldstein, with Carolyn Dawes playing the part of a deceased early 20th century American immigrant female writer, directed by Chris Boek.
A big shout out to the curtain opener and set guy, He got his own share of laughs and giggles over the hour
Go here for dates, times and booking tickets.