Theatre Australia


By Jonny Hawkins & Nell Ranney

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Spend a night with a grand dame and dilettante of death in a stirring solo performance that celebrates the wisdom of female elders with plenty of humour.

Framed by velvet, Jatz crackers and cigarettes, Maureen invites you into her bohemian living-room for a journey of exquisite storytelling brimming with witty repartee, acerbic life advice, spirited friends now gone and the dauntless potency of limitless imagination.

With minimal costume or props, writer and performer Jonny Hawkins transforms into Maureen, a razor-tongued doyenne with stories to tell, inspired by Hawkins’ friend and self-described “working class glamour queen”. Magnificently flouting many of the rules of drama and narrative Maureen: Harbinger of Death redefines our concepts of older women, honours the bounties of inter-generational relationships and pays tribute to kindness, individuality and dignity.

Download the house program to read on your device here.

  • 'Catches you like a fly in a web of storytelling.

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • Such heartwarming depth and humanity it feels like a hug for the soul.

    Limelight Magazine
  • Writer & Performer Jonny Hawkins
  • Co-Creator & Director Nell Ranney
  • Set & Costume Designer Isabel Hudson
  • Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
  • Composer Steve Toulmin
  • Producer Jo Dyer
  • Photos Yaya Stempler

A Soft Tread production in association with Sign of the Acorn

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