Mother and Son

Mother & Son

Julie McGregor as Maggie and Christopher Truswell as Arthur

The plot of the show addresses the problems of ageing and caring for somebody with increasing memory loss, with an often sharp-edged humour which carried with it a tinge of sadness. Despite its unlikely subject matter for a comedy, the show is a favourite with audiences. Maggie’s and Arthur’s relationship was presented with a fascinating complexity—Maggie’s cruel attacks on and emotional manipulation of Arthur disguised her deep dependence on and need of him, and Arthur’s dutiful love of Maggie was constantly in conflict with his guilty frustration at the huge limitations for his own life which looking after his mother entailed.

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Aarne began his professional theatre career in 1962. He has worked mainly as a theatre director and as a lecturer in both vocational and academic institutions, throughout Australia and in New Zealand and Singapore. He has been the Artistic Director of a number of organisations, Head of the Theatre Department at WAAPA, and the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships.Has directed well over 250 productions, specialising in new Australian work, and in recent years has also turned his hand to television drama.

Geoffrey Atherden is a lapsed architect who launched himself slowly into a writing career back in the days of the Architecture Reviews at Sydney University. He practised architecture for many years, and during that time he was a major contributing writer for the first series of The Aunty Jack Show.

He is best known for his television series Mother and Son and has won numerous awards for it as well as for other television work, including Eggshells, One Day Miller and a United Nations Media Peace Prize for Babakiueria. His first play, Hotspur, commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, played successful seasons in Melbourne and Sydney in 1994.

Geoffrey is an occasional contributor to a number of magazines and collections of short stories. He is a member of the Board of the New South Wales Film and Television Office and was president of the Australian Writers Guild from 1994 to 1998.

Tour dates – 2022

The J Noosa – Saturday 26 February

The Events Centre Caloundra – Sunday 27 February

Ipswich Civic Centre – Tuesday 1 March

QUT Gardens Theatre – Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 March

Mackay Entertainment Centre – Saturday 5 March

Redland Performing Arts Centre – Friday 11 March

Tenterfield School of the Arts – Saturday 12 March

Jetty Theatre Coffs Harbour – Sunday 13 March

Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre – Wednesday 16 March

The Forge Theatre Bairnsdale – Thursday 17 March

Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre – Friday 18 March

John Leslie Theatre – Sale Saturday 19 March

Potato Shed Drysdale – Sunday 20 March

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre – Wednesday 23 March

Manning Entertainment Centre Taree – Thursday 24 March

Civic Theatre Newcastle – Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March

Blue Mountains – Sunday 27 March

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre – Tues 29 March to Sunday 3 April


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Donna Botten

Thoroughly enjoyed productions I have seen so far. Got to know some beautiful people, some wonderful actors and already excited about what I have heard is coming up. Brilliant that they are a touring company which gives decent exposure and employment.

Barry Stone

Thank you for your fantastic performance today at the Commercial Club in Albury! A great show, the children I took along had a blast, and thank you for staying in costume and character until every child had the chance to have a photo taken! Great work.

Joanna Macklan

Fantastic fun! Haven't laughed so much in ages... Can't wait for the next one!

Shelly Crane