Edgar Metcalfe came to live in Australia in 1963, having already gained twelve years experience in the English repertory system, to take up an appointment as Artistic Director for the National Theatre of Western Australia at the Playhouse. His two year contract stretched to four and a half before taking up a post as Associate Director with the Melbourne Theatre Company. There he won the Melbourne Critics’ award for his productions of The Devils and What the Butler Saw.
Edgar is well known in Perth for introducing Western Australian audiences to traditional English pantomime and has had five of his own full length plays produced in Perth with considerable success, and has had two novels Homing Pigeon and A Guy called Alice published by Access Press.
Edgar recently toured nationally in the Agelink Reminiscence production of Quartet and listeners to the ABC’s Radio National will remember his reading of Thackeray’s Roses and the Ring earlier in 2006.
In 2007, Edgar starred with John Michael Swinbank in Two Old Queens for Mirage Makers, playingHM the Queen Mother. This Mirage Makers production is a witty confection about the HM the Queen Mother and Sir Noël Coward.
After breaking box office records at The Blue Room in 2007, the production went on to be acclaimed around Australia with seasons in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney during 2007 / 2008.