by David Williamson
Brandon Burke | Rohan Swift
Jamieson Caldwell | Brent Lyall
Hannah Norris | Jessica Giordano
Annie Last | Clara Salope
Trent Baker | Max Oldfield
Denis Moore | Director
Shaun Gurton | Set Designer
Jason Bovaird | Lighting Designer
Adrienne Chisholm | Costume Designer
Chris Hubbard | Sound Designer
Sports Manager Rohan Swift needs to uncover what is troubling his star player. Brent Lyall is at the top of his game and should be on top of the world: captain of the most powerful football club in Australia, he has two medals and a beautiful girl on his arm; but something is holding him back from being the charismatic hero the public and his sponsors expect. Brent hides a secret obsession that will rock the nation.
Off the field, Brent has a penchant for designer dresses and prefers a pair of Manolo Blahniks to footy boots…plus his alter ego ‘Carmen’ is about to go public. With millions at stake from endorsement deals, ruthless Rohan will do anything to stop sleazy tabloid predator Max Upfield from exposing Brent’s private fetish to the fickle football-fanatic public.
Acclaimed Australian playwright and National Living Treasure David Williamson delivers another hilarious football story – this time, with a twist. In spectacular form, Managing Carmen takes a satirical look at the characters behind the nation’s favourite sport: greedy sports managers, champion footballers, bimbo girlfriends and notorious tabloid writers.
• Sydney Morning Herald
"Deft, snappy, slightly surreal and ultimately compassionate… Jessica's [Hannah Norris] strong honesty."
• Theatre People
"Norris and Caldwell share an easy chemistry together that makes their characters’ shared journeys entirely real"
***** Nick Pilgrim
• Megaphone Oz
"There are few distractions from the performances, which are uniformly excellent and even outstanding."
• Starts at 60
"The five stars deliver a fait accompli in making this a rib tickling revelation… an absolute delight"
• Weekend Notes
"It was delivered with great skill and superb timing by the highly professional cast"
• Stage Whispers
"Its cast of five leaves no moment unturned"
John P. Harvey
• The Barefoot Review
"The performers of ‘Managing Carmen’ were perfectly cast in their roles… Norris held the fort well as the only character with a semblance of emotional stability, and anchored the show nicely."
• Canberra Critics Circle
"strong cast capture every nuance of the interesting characters and make every laugh count… There were great performances from Brandon Burke as the harried club manager, Hannah Norris as the psychologist and Annie Last as the worldly-wise girlfriend, Clara."
• Star of Managing Carmen plays football in high heels
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