The Best and Fairest

Wed 29 – Fri 31 Jul 7.30pm
Wed 5 – Sat 8 Aug 7.30pm
Sat 8 Aug 2.00pm

Studio Theatre

60 mins approx, with no interval

Full $45
Conc $40
Under 30 $40
Gold Card holder $36
Group (+6) $30
CoPP Local $30
(CoPP Local Ticket only available on Opening Night)


Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park & Melbourne Writers’ Theatre Present

The Best and Fairest

Five remarkable women. Five sporting passions. One shared dream.

What does it take to succeed as an Australian sportswoman? On the eve of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, this uplifting theatrical production celebrates the lives of five remarkable Australian sportswomen who have overcome social stereotypes, career obstacles and life challenges to become our Best and Fairest.

In 1912, swimmer Fanny Durack fights for her right to compete in the Olympic Games without a chaperone – and in a women’s swimming costume! In 1958, pioneering cricketer, nurse and aboriginal rights activist Faith Thomas OAM (nee Coulthard) defies the odds to become the first indigenous woman to represent Australia in any national sport. Fast forward to Albert Park Lake in 2010, where local sporting legend and busy mother Sinead Diver raises eyebrows with her decision to take up marathon running in her thirties. And weaving in and around these sporting heroines is a young callisthenics star, full of energy and dreams, joined by a 2020 Paralympic athlete whose story of succeeding against the odds is nothing short of extraordinary.

This compelling theatrical season follows on from the earlier International Women’s Day celebration show of the same name on Thursday 5 March.
The Best & Fairest – Celebration

Written by Adéle Shelley, Brooke Fairley, Mazz Ryan and Clare Mendes
Performed by actual sportswomen and professional actors
Directed by Elizabeth Walley
Presented by Gasworks Arts Park in association with Melbourne Writers’ Theatre

Praise for MWT productions
‘After the ovation, the people around me enthused about what a great and unexpected show it had been. They had taken a punt and were delighted that they had.’ Stage Whispers, Sept 2019

‘It is safe to say that when people linger in the theatre foyer, keenly discussing a show with friends, performers and strangers, the production has been a success.’ Theatre People, June 2019

Melbourne Writers’ Theatre are developing this new show as Gasworks’ 2020 company-in-residence. They will have access to Gasworks rehearsal spaces & technical/administrative support.

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