Purple Pear Productions and Monette Lee were delighted to bring the
WORLD PREMIERE of Shrinks to QLD in 2014, the brilliant new play by award-winning Australian playwright, Timothy Daly which performed in 3 cities over 2 weeks.
An engaging, warm, and witty comedy, Shrinks follows two psychotherapists, the husband and wife team of Drs Thomas Hapgood and Vivienne Anderson, as they each attempt to ‘cure’ a charismatic patient, Carl, only to both fall in love with him. With the pair stuck in a tired relationship rut, the unusual young man seduces them with charm and joy and the passion of the Bossa Nova, raising questions of freedom, love and self-analysis.
Directed by award-winning director, Michelle Miall (Gold & Silver Matilda award-winner, Oklahoma & Miss Saigon at QCM, The Removalists QTC), and with design by Annie Robertson and lighting by Jason Glenwright, Shrinks brought together the stellar cast of Danny Murphy (Motherland, The Taming of the Shrew – Black Swan / QTC – Hamlet), Monette Lee (Mabo, Sea Patrol, All Saints, Good Works QTC and many more), and conservatorium graduate: Jason Bentley.
Writer, Timothy Daly (Kafka Dances, Don’s Last Innings, Derrida in Love), is one of Australia’s top playwrights and one of the few regularly produced overseas. The recipient of the 2013 Keysing Award and the 2008 Patrick White Award, he has worked with Oscar-winning and nominated actors such as Geoffrey Rush and Jacki Weaver, and Kafka Dances (the most internationally produced Australian play) is known for launching the career of Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett. Shrinks was originally written for Australian actress, Jacki Weaver, just prior to the first of her two Oscar nominations and has now been translated into French ready for production overseas in 2016. Producer, Monette Lee, says Queensland (and indeed Australia) is privileged to have beaten Europe to it.
OTHER 2014 news
Monette appeared in 2 short films: Orobourous directed by Henry Boffin, and Listen directed by David Mace-kaff.