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> Mirage Makers announce future redevelopment of Two Old Queens

The WA Playwright’s Consortium, Stages will support the script redevelopment of the hit of the 07/08 theatre season, Two Old Queens.

Written by John Senczuk and co-devised with John Michael Swinbank, Two Old Queens premiered at The Blue Room in October 2007. The play is an inspired and witty meditation on the friendship between Her Majesty, The Queen Mother and her old friend, Sir Noël Coward, starring acclaimed actor Edgar Metcalfe as HM and cabaret vocalist, John Michael Swinbank as Sir Noël. The production won The Blue Room Award for Best Box Office in 2008 and a nomination for Metcalfe as Best Actor in the 2008 Equity Awards.

Following its runaway success, Two Old Queens transferred to the larger Subiaco Arts Centre and toured to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Executive Producer of Mirage Makers, John Michael Swinbank said that Stages’ support was a welcome investment in Western Australian theatre making. “Two Old Queens is a brilliant concept which developed rapidly into a fully realised piece without an exploratory development period due to the excitement surrounding its public presentations here in Perth and over east,” he said. “It may seem back to front but a development period coming after its initial seasons will benefit from the feedback of thousands of audience members who saw the show and the working knowledge of the performers.”

Director of Stages, Phil Thomson said that the Stages’ assessment panel were impressed by many aspects of the work. “We strongly support the idea of a play that has had successful public performances being reworked and rewritten for a bigger and better future, he said. “This work certainly has ‘legs’!”

Two Old Queens is slated for production in 2010 in Australia and England.


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