August 2023 – Mr Bailey’s Minder


Abusive, cantankerous and burned out by booze, Leo Bailey is one of Australia's national treasures. A gifted and renowned painter and chronic alcoholic, he can no longer take care of himself. His resentful daughter has employed a succession of minders who haven't lasted, that is, until Therese comes along, fresh out of prison and determined to make a go of her limited options.

Mr Bailey's Minder is a tough, funny and deeply moving play about friendship, ego, art and the secret for a better life. It's about shame and judgment and how people find beauty and transcendence in letting go and forgiving.

By Debra Oswald

Directed by Vicky Horwood

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