Mary-Ellen Field is a successful Australian business consultant in London – until she’s accused of betraying the secrets of her clients to the press. Her life comes crashing down, and she starts to wonder if she’s losing her mind. Then it emerges that her phone was being illegally tapped by reporters, and she sets out on a campaign to restore her reputation.
But along the way, her ideas of redemption change – she’s been interviewed by a journalist on the other side of the world, and his story puts everything into a new perspective.
In plays like Gwen in Purgatory and Holding The Man, Tommy Murphy keeps finding these unlikely great theatrical figures, and Mary-Ellen Field is no exception. I’ve become really enamoured of Mary-Ellen’s bizarre heroic quality and her optimism, it’s surprising, it’s original. And to have this part played by Sarah Peirse – she’s so charismatic, whipsmart. When you see Sarah get the taste of a role, it’s thrilling to watch. – Eamon
Co-produced with Playwriting Australia