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‘No one had more fun with the double
entendre than Mae West’

Chicago Tribune


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

Mae West was more than a sassy Hollywood sex symbol. She was a screenwriter, a jailbird, and a champion of civil rights. So much so, that when her landlord banned her African American boyfriend from visiting her apartment, she bought the whole damn building. Legendary photographer Diane Arbus saw what a piece of work West was. When the pair met in 1963, Arbus was determined to capture a portrait that went behind the spotlight, to find the real Mae West.

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).

‘Diane Arbus was one of the most powerful
American artists of the 20th century.’

The New York Times




Actor Diana Glenn and Director Sarah Goodes discuss the world premiere production Arbus & West.


Cast & Crew

Diana Glenn

Diana Glenn

Diane Arbus

Melita Jurisic

Melita Jurisic

Mae West

Jennifer Vuletic

Jennifer Vuletic

Ruby

Sarah Goodes

Sarah Goodes

Director

Renee Mulder

Renée Mulder

Set & Costume Designer

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Clemence Williams

Clemence Williams

Composer & Sound Designer

Jean Goodwin

Jean Goodwin

Voice & Dialect Coach

Venues

Attendance Information

  • This production contains coarse language, sexual references and references to suicide. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning

    Arbus & West will be Audio Described on Saturday 16 March, 2pm and Tuesday 19 March, 6.30pm, with a tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the 2pm performance on Saturday 23 March.

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.