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Miss W Treads at La Mama Theatre

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Sword fighting with ghosts has never been so thrilling
Miss W Treads celebrates one of the early stars of Sydney stages, Eliza Winstanley. Written and directed by Jane Woollard, Miss W Treads is playing at the La Mama Theatre on the 6th - 17th September.

Miss W Treads, La Mama, Jane Woollard, Melanie Beddie, Bronwyn Pringle
Miss W Treads


Treading the boards in Sydney in the 1840s Winstanley was the first Australian trained performer to gain international acclaim. Miss W Treads is a theatrical encounter with one of Australia's early performers.

A young researcher (Imogen) is haunted by her subject, Eliza Winstanley, the 'Mrs Siddons of Sydney'. In a cross-century artistic collaboration, Winstanley treads the boards once more. Imogen resurrects the phantoms of her theatre ancestry. Encountering obsolete technologies and out dated acting techniques she becomes addicted to conjuring her subject.

Miss W Treads, La Mama, Jane Woollard, Melanie Beddie, Bronwyn Pringle
Miss W Treads


Miss W Treads overflows with ghosts and sword fights and revives the lost art of melodrama. Australia's fledgeling theatre traditions collide with contemporary arts practice producing an unexpected temporal collaboration revealing shared stories and desires.

In Miss W Treads Woollard continues her exploration of female artists. In this new work Woollard (The Hammer of Devotion, Aelfgyva, Prophet and Loss) and an award–winning team of theatre makers challenge the melodramatic and the post-dramatic to a theatrical duel.

Miss W Treads, La Mama, Jane Woollard, Melanie Beddie, Bronwyn Pringle
La Mama Theatre


Miss W Treads is a wry theatrical enchantment which features ghosts, wild violins, sword-fights, mysterious signatures and long-dead theatrical ambitions. Don't miss it!
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Why? Discover Australian history in this feisty theatrical duel.
When: 6-17 September 2017
Phone: 03 9347 6142
Website: lamama.com.au
Where: La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton
Cost: From $15
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