The Best, The Fairest, The First Melbourne Writers' Theatre

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Behind every Australian sportswoman, there’s an unsung heroine who blazed the trail …

Causing a fluttering of hearts with their risqué bathing costumes in 1912, winning the hearts of cricket fans across the nation in 1958, and getting to the heart of what it means to be an Australian Sportswoman in 2021 – Olympic hopes high, but who’s doing the school drop-off today? – the women featured in The Best, The Fairest, The First will surprise and delight you.

From Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie, the first women to compete in an Olympic swimming event, to local legend Betty Wilson, the first cricketer ever to score a centenary and take ten wickets in a Test, The Best, The Fairest, The First turns back the pages of Australian history to uncover some remarkable sporting Firsts – unsung heroines who, against the odds, blazed a trail for the stars of today. In this collection of short plays, champion marathon runner Sinead Diver is also celebrated, together with unstoppable local athlete Monica Wong – and a Paralympic gold medallist whose achievements are nothing short of extraordinary.

Created for International Women’s Day 2021, The Best, The Fairest, The First follows on from the one-night show The Best and Fairest, which was presented at Gasworks for IWD 2020.

  • Reviews:

    "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." (Beachside Stories)

    - Theatre People, June 2019
  • Event Details
    Date & Times:
    Wednesday 3 March 2021, 7.30pm
    Thursday 4 March 2021, 7.30pm
    Friday 5 March 2021, 7.30pm
    Saturday 6 March 2021, 2pm
    Saturday 6 March 2021, 7.30pm*
    * Followed by special International Women's Day event - a Q&A session with Jessica Gallagher ("the first and only Australian athlete - Olympic or Paralympic - to win both Summer and Winter Paralympic medals").

    All tickets are General Admission, seat selection is not possible for this performance, patrons will be seated in groups of 2-3.

    Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at 03 8606 4200 or in-person at our reception office (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm).

    Full $45
    Conc $40
    Under 30 $40
    Group (+6) $30
    Cabaret Table (3 seats per table) $90 
    CoPP Local $30 (CoPP Local Ticket only available on Opening Night)
    Babes-in-arms (24 months) free

    Running Time:
    75 mins approx, no interval
    Gasworks Theatre
    Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credits
    Elizabeth Walley & Assistant Direction by Mazz Ryan
    Clare Mendes
    Emma Cox, Cosima Gilbert, Rebecca Quin, Cindy Leigh, Annie Morris, Isabella Gilbert, Monica Wong, Alec Gilbert, Marli van der Bijl
    Set & Costume Design:
    Elizabeth Walley
    Elizabeth Walley