• Ramani and Asoka Wijeratne

    Ramani and Asoka Wijeratne

  • Eachael Beck (Anita), Director Roger Hodgman and writer Geoffrey Atherden

    Eachael Beck (Anita), Director Roger Hodgman and writer Geoffrey Atherden

  • Noeline Brown (Maggie) and John O'Grady, Executive Producer of the original series

    Noeline Brown (Maggie) and John O'Grady, Executive Producer of the original series

  • Nicki Wendt (Liz) and Darren Gilshenan (Arthur)

    Nicki Wendt (Liz) and Darren Gilshenan (Arthur)

  • Mark Baxter with Ann and Don Horslem

    Mark Baxter with Ann and Don Horslem

  • Kinsha Baidya and Hannah Daubney

    Kinsha Baidya and Hannah Daubney

  • Greg Robson and Sue Scott

    Greg Robson and Sue Scott

  • Eileen Tang and Jo Baker

    Eileen Tang and Jo Baker

  • Rachael Beck who plays Arthur's love interest Anita

    Rachael Beck who plays Arthur's love interest Anita

  • Robyn Hendry and her sister Bronwyn Hendry

    Robyn Hendry and her sister Bronwyn Hendry

  • Renata Moore and Glen Newbown

    Renata Moore and Glen Newbown

  • Bruce Carmichael with Agnes and Alex Sciberras

    Bruce Carmichael with Agnes and Alex Sciberras

  • Ben Bryant and Tim Ogden

    Ben Bryant and Tim Ogden

  • Barbara van der Linden and Rob Wilson

    Barbara van der Linden and Rob Wilson

  • Sarah Kimmorley and Julie Baggoley

    Sarah Kimmorley and Julie Baggoley

Mother and Son @ The Canberra Theatre

4 February 2015

Geoffrey Atherden wrote his first episodes of Mother and Son in 1984 and there he was in the audience for opening night of this much loved television series now re-jigged as his 2014 theatre version with Maggie, Arthur and Robert onstage at the Canberra Theatre dealing with all the technological devices likely to send Maggie (Noeline Brown) even more bonkers. And with Arthur (Darren Gilshenan) finding a rather gorgeous romantic interest, Robert (Rob Carlton) up to no good with his hygienist and everything that can go wrong doing just that, you’re back in the mix that is Mother and Son and remembering why you loved it so much.

The faces are different, but this little family grabs us pretty quickly as a team well able to deliver the never ending story of ageing, philandering and family dynamics that is Mother and Son while demonstrating the humour and frustrations of the difficulties for oldies that is today’s technological nightmare and where alzheimers/dementia is touching us all. But dear Maggie skypes with her grand-kids, finds companionship and conversation with all the call centre callers and knows well how to pull the guilt strings when it’s advantageous. It is a story of and for today’s generations. A brief respite from the inexorable march of time that brings us all to a time to deal with ageing in our lives as darling Maggie is coaxed into her own respite care and Arthur can get on with romancing Anita.

A fun night in the midst of federal political shenanigans. Even Laurie Oakes was there enjoying respite from his daily grind!