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 the infamous meeting between two extraordinary women, award-winning Australian playwright Stephen Sewell imagines what might have transpired creating a power play of sexuality and intrigue.
Melita Jurisic (The House of Bernarda Alba) takes on the role of the irrepressible Mae West, with Diana Glenn (The Slap) as the pioneering Diane Arbus in this world premiere production, directed by MTC’s Associate Director Sarah Goodes (The Children).
|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|
|Saturday 23 March at 2pm|
Arbus & West Programme
Learn more about Stephen Sewell's intriguing new work, Arbus & West in our production programme, which can be purchased at the theatre for $2 or downloaded for free online.
12 Feb 2019
The woman behind the lens
Anne O’Hehir, Curator of Photography at National Gallery of Australia, shares her insights on the woman behind the lens – Diane Arbus.
4 Sep 2018
Any Way We Can Get Her
Eloise Ross shares her impression of one of Hollywood’s most influential women of the 20th Century – Mae West.
4 Sep 2018