• David Mallion and Lynne and Ian McLean

    David Mallion and Lynne and Ian McLean

  • Audra Briggs and Linda Tregonning

    Audra Briggs and Linda Tregonning

  • Richard Stone and Ted Briggs

    Richard Stone and Ted Briggs

  • Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

    Chris and Jacquelyn Richards

  • Bill and Pat Stephens

    Bill and Pat Stephens

  • Noeline Brown

    Noeline Brown

  • Noeline Brown

    Noeline Brown

  • Gwenyth George, Rosalie Callan and Caroline Ross-Smith

    Gwenyth George, Rosalie Callan and Caroline Ross-Smith

Noeline Brown at Teatro Vivaldi

15 January 2015

Noeline Brown is Australian theatre and television royalty and she’s coming to town in Mother and Son at the Canberra Theatre on 4 February. Of course she’s playing Maggie with Arthur and Robert played by familiar faces Darren Gilshenan and Rob Carlton respectively and while they’re new faces for our favourite characters it will be a hoot and I’m told by Noeline a blushmaking bit of naughtiness to boot.

The first Mother and Son was written by Geoffrey Atherden in 1984. It became an instant hit and we couldn’t get enough of the delicious trio that became icons of that era and probably taught us all about aspects of dementia and family relationships and how precious humour is to so many aspects of our lives.

The wit and wisdom is in the script with a new storyline by Atherden for the stage show that Noeline Brown was delighted to share with a group invited to a Teatro Vivaldi High Tea and ask all those questions you never get a chance to ask of stars who flit through our theatre scene with a perfunctory soundbite for telly, and exit stage right.

Not Noeline. She’s a delight with a stellar career spanning 50 years and a recent six year stint as Australia’s Ambassador for Ageing she brings her formidable energy and attitude to her Maggie. And while recovering from a fall that broke her femur, she recovered well and quickly to get into rehearsals with a walking stick that became a Maggie accessory for her role. She’s tiny, had a bad dose of the flu over the Christmas break but is now rearing to bring her Maggie to the theatre. Maggie will be in good hands at the Canberra Theatre from 4-7 February.