Cheery Soul

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Cheery Soul - Melbourne Theatre Company 1996

by Patrick White

A Cheery Soul is a 1963 play by Australian writer Patrick White set in the fictional Sydney suburb of Sarsaparilla at the end of the 1950s. White described it as being about "the destructive power of good." 

A Cheery Soul premiered at the Union Theatre Repertory Company in Melbourne in November 1963 directed by John Sumner, with Nita Pannell as the 'cheery soul' Miss Docker. The play's chief character Miss Docker, as portrayed in 2018 by Sarah Peirse, was the subject of a portrait by Jude Rae, entered into the 2019 Archibald Prize. The artist had many sittings with the actor and has said of it: "Miss Docker's moments of isolation on stage also suggested a formal structure [for the painting] based on a famous 17th century portrait by Diego Velásquez of the actor Pablo de Valladolid, a buffoon in the court of King Phillip IV of Spain."

Cheery Soul - MTC Margaret Mills, Ross Williams, Robyn Nevin, Bob Bornery, Fred Whitlock, Ian Scott, Melita Jurisic, Sue Ingleton, Iris Shand, Judith McGrath, Monica Maughan, Julie Forsyth, Jackie Kelleher

Director Neil Armfield
Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Rory Dempster
Stage Manager Greg Diamantis

Playbill / Program Date May - Jun 1996 The Playhouse Theatre

Size 150 x 240 mm 

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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