Sigrid Thornton in "Diary of a Nobody"
Australian icon Sigrid Thornton has Launceston in her Diary
The date August 7 is circled in Sigrid Thornton’s busy diary. For one night only, the award-winning, much-loved actress of stage and screen is coming to Launceston to star in the Australian premiere of the play Diary of a Nobody.
Diary of a Nobody is a one-woman dramatic comedy monologue about a year (1955) in the life of an Australian housewife. Through reliving extracts from her Diary, she takes us on an emotional nostalgic journey into pre-television Australia, into the day-to-day ordinary existence of a ‘nobody’ who wants to be a ‘somebody’.
Producer/Director Stephen Beckett, who has adapted the play from the classic British novel of the same name by George and Weedon Grossmith, says that he is very excited to cast such a famous icon as Sigrid Thornton in the role. “The idea of a real-life ‘somebody’ playing an everyday ‘nobody’ appeals to me,” says Beckett, “especially as the play reminds us of what it’s like to be so delightfully and ridiculously human no matter how ‘famous’ or not we are.”
Asked what has attracted her to the role and why she decided to take it on, Sigrid Thornton says: “I’m delighted to be returning to Tasmania to perform this charming piece. Diary of a Nobody is simple but never simplistic – it invites the audience to read between the lines as we explore the experience of life through one woman’s eyes. I can’t wait to share it with beautiful Launceston.”
Dramatic monologues are no stranger to Sigrid Thornton, having being involved in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads series on stage before. “In Her Big Chance I played a deluded actress, (laughs) so I could relate to that. And in Diary of a Nobody I am playing a woman who is a housewife, so I can relate to that as I have a ‘domestic’ side just like we all do.”
“I’m a great admirer of Alan Bennett,” adds Beckett. “His monologues are always full of bittersweet humour, as is the case with Diary of a Nobody - it’s a theatre experience that’s as much about listening as watching.” No doubt, the audience in Launceston will be listening and watching closely as Sigrid Thornton, the star of much loved classics (The Man From Snowy River, SeaChange, All The Rivers Run) takes to the stage on Friday August 7. Be sure to put Diary in your diary.
What: Diary of a Nobody presented by Stephen Beckett Productions
Tickets: $55 adults, $50 conc.
Bookings: 6323 3666, or the Princess Theatre box office
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