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Period costumes feature in latest IPAC production

Helen Thomson in Sydney Theatre Company’s Mrs Warren’s Profession

Helen Thomson in Sydney Theatre Company’s Mrs Warren’s Profession

SYDNEY Theatre Company’s lavish production of George Bernard Shaw’s classic, Mrs Warren’s Profession, will play at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong later this month.

The production, directed by Sarah Giles, features gorgeous period costumes and a cast featuring the superb talents of Helen Thomson and Drew Forsythe.

Helen Thomson is well known to Merrigong audiences for her performances in Sydney Theatre Company’s In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play and Belvoir’s Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Drew Forsythe is known for his performances in annual favourite, Sydney Theatre Company’s The Wharf Revue.

Helen Thomson plays the pragmatic Kitty Warren in the once-banned Shaw classic. As her daughter Vivie (Lizzie Schebesta) learns that her comfortable upbringing, generous monthly allowance and independence have been funded by her mysterious mother’s unorthodox profession, the stage is set for one of Shaw’s wittiest and most provocative plays. Mrs Warren’s Profession explores the precarious and perplexing bond between a mother and daughter, as well as thorny issues of class and privilege and the finer points of moral relativism.

Sarah Giles is a Co-Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company with Kip Williams and Sarah Goodes. In 2011, she was awarded the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Director of an Independent Production for Arts Radar and Griffin Independent’s The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg.

  • Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) Burelli St, Wollongong.
  • Performance times: Wednesday April 10 8pm, Thursday April 11 6.30pm, Friday April 12 8pm, Saturday April 13 2pm & 8pm. Post-show Q&A: Thursday April 11 6.30pm. Captioned & audio-described performance: Saturday April 13 2pm.
  • Prices: Adult: $72; Adult early week (Mon-Thurs)/Conc/Group 8+: $67; Conc/Group 8+ early week: $62; Under 30s: $46; School groups 8+: $20 (Transaction fees apply to phone and internet bookings)

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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