THEMES: Australia, gender, politics
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
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SYNOPSIS Premier William Power: Labor politician, ambitious, driven, oblivious to women. Mrs. Helen Pretty: glamorous widow, wealthy landowner, fatally attractive. When Power's Compulsory Resumption of Estates Bill threatens the home and property of Mrs Pretty, she pays the Premier a visit. Throw in the Leader of the Opposition (who just happens to be Mrs Pretty's fiancée), an aggressively conservative journalist, and watch scandals unravel.
Mrs Pretty and the Premier is an Australian comedy with style, flair, a light touch and a gorgeous pun or two. It offers an entertaining insight into the gender politics of the nineteen teens and asks gentle questions of the business of politics, the role of journalism and the validity of long-held stereotypes.
PRODUCTION HISTORY Mrs Pretty and the Premier was first performed in a two-night season at the Athenaeum Theatre on September 26, 1914, by the amateur Melbourne Repertory Theatre. Despite a successful four-week run in London in 1915, Mrs Pretty, like much Australian-grown drama of the time was not professionally performed in Australia for many years. Not until 1951, in a radio broadcast adaption on ABC radio, was Mrs Pretty and the Premier professionally performed in Australia.
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