Mr Bailey's Minder
by Debra Oswald
Director: Deborah Fabbro
Production Coordinator: Shirley Sydenham
8-24 February 2018
"Leo paints ordinary stuff and ordinary people but his picture'll make them look special - make them beautiful and glowing and - But it's not tizzying things up. It's like Leo can see the specialness inside a thing so when a person looks at the painting they can see it too."
Abusive, cantankerous and burned out by booze, Leo Bailey is one of Australia's national treasures. A gifted painter and chronic alcoholic, he can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has been through a succession of minders, until Therese comes along, fresh out of jail and determined to make a go of her limited options.
Mr Bailey's Minder is a tough, funny and big-hearted play. It's about shame and judgment, about who deserves to be loved and forgiven. It looks at how people exploit each other and where they find the beauty; and the qualities of transcendence, letting go and forgiveness.
Occasional coarse language
Leo: Damian Jones
Therese: Emily Renalson O'Kane
Margo: Clare Hayes
Gavin/Karl: Henry Young
Stage Manager: Alex Begg
Set Design: George Tranter
Lighting Design: Craig Pearcey
Audio Design: Les Hart and Nelson Clemente
Costumes: Possum Ball
Props: Maria Haughey and Karin Bouvin
Prompt: Lois Collinder
The cast and director on the first hot (36º) rehearsal day!
L-R: Damian Jones, Clare Hayes, Deborah Fabbro, Henry Young, Emily Renalson O'Kane