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Arbus & West

by Stephen Sewell

22 February — 30 March 2019

Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio

‘Mae, you can fool the world, you can fool your friends and you can even fool yourself, but you can’t fool me…’

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Fairfax Studio

100 St Kilda Road

Melbourne , Victoria 3004

About the play

Hollywood bombshell Mae West built her career on lookin’ good – walkin’ the walk and talkin’ the talk – while legendary photographer Diane Arbus was famous for finding beauty in the everyday. When Diane turns up at Mae’s glistening LA apartment in 1964 to take her portrait, tensions quickly flare. Mae’s version of herself is very different to the one Diane wants to catch on film. But whose version wins out when a master of illusion meets a master of truth?

Drawing on actual events, award-winning Australian playwright Stephen Sewell imagines what might have transpired between these two extraordinary women, creating a powerful portrait of beauty, sexuality, wildness and longing.

Melita Jurisic (The House of Bernarda Alba) takes on the role of the irrepressible Mae West, with Diana Glenn (The Slap) as Diane Arbus in this World Premiere production, directed by MTC’s 2018 Helpmann Award-winning Associate Director Sarah Goodes (The Children).

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described Saturday 16 March at 2pm
Tuesday 19 March at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour Tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday 16 March performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 23 March at 2pm
Artwork for Hear from actor Diana Glenn and director Sarah Goodes

Video

Hear from actor Diana Glenn and director Sarah Goodes

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Diana Glenn

Diane Arbus

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Melita Jurisic

Mae West

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Jennifer Vuletic

Ruby

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Sarah Goodes

Director

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Renée Mulder

Set & Costume Designer

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Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

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Clemence Williams

Composer & Sound Designer

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Jean Goodwin

Voice & Dialect Coach