A premiere Australian play based on actual events, showing just how startling real-life can be.
Mary-Ellen Field was a successful Australian business advisor in London when she was accused of leaking private information to the press, destroying her career in the process.
Several years later it’s discovered that reporters from Rupert Murdoch’s News International have been illegally tapping the phones of celebrities and other people of interest, and Mary-Ellen embarks on a campaign to restore her reputation.
Meanwhile in Australia, veteran journalist Mark Colvin is covering the phone hacking controversy, and reaches out to Mary-Ellen after hearing her interviewed. An unlikely friendship ensues, and when Mary-Ellen learns of Mark’s medical condition, she becomes set on a donation that offers them both a kind of salvation.
Mary-Ellen is a fascinating character. She’s deeply establishment while being wildly idiosyncratic. Her determination to do something beautiful in a time of cynicism and corruption is utterly compelling and Helpmann Award-winning actor Sarah Peirse brings her vividly to life.
Director David Berthold (Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival) returns to Sydney to direct this new play by Tommy Murphy following their highly acclaimed collaboration on Holding the Man.
Co-commissioned with Playwriting Australia
Image credit: Daniel Boud
Dates & Times:
Wednesday 5 April at 7.30pm
Thursday 6 April at 7.30pm – Opening Night
Friday 7 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 8 April at 2.15pm & 7.30pm
Writer Tommy Murphy
Director David Berthold
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
With Peter Carroll, Kit Esuruoso, John Howard, Sarah Peirse, Christopher Stollery, Helen Thomson