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Bon Voyage, Your Majesty!

Edgar Metcalfe departs Western Australia this week for his old home town of Blackpool, England.

Fellow actor, John Michael Swinbank who appeared with Metcalfe in the musical comedy, Two Old Queens said that he was saddened to see his old friend and colleague leave Perth and its professional theatre community, which Metcalfe had laid the foundations in the 1960s when he arrived to take up the helm of the company at The Playhouse.

“He leaves behind a rich legacy of superb performances in the hearts and minds of a vast audience,” he said. “I am proud to say that I worked with him on perhaps his greatest acting challenge, to become Her Majesty, The Queen Mother in Two Old Queens.

“His creation of character was brilliantly technical and instinctive. It was a joy and instructional to work with him. Needless to say we had a lot of fun and it will always be a highlight in my career. Bon voyage, your majesty!”

In 2007 and 2008, Edgar and John Michael played in Two Old Queens, a witty concoction that celebrated the friendship of HM The Queen Mother and Sir Noël Coward. Produced by Mirage Makers, Two Old Queens toured to Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Initially planned as a workshop production, Two Old Queens premiered at The Blue Room in October 2007 to a sold out four week season and transferred to the Subiaco Arts Centre.

It won Most Popular Production at the 2008 Blue Room Awards.

Edgar’s performance of The Queen Mother was nominated for a 2008 Equity Award as Best Actor and won an Horatio Award (The Sunday Mail Adelaide 2007) for Best Character Study.

Its clever script and moving interpretation transcended the mere biopic and took the piece to a moving meditation about the very nature of friendship.

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