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WINNER: Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award 2003.

Seven women gather for a dinner party. Victoria is a painter facing creative stagnation; Jenny is Victoria's elder sister and patron, a barrister trying to make it as a woman in a man's world; Rowena, Jenny's lover, is completing her PhD in Women's Studies; Rowena's adopted Indian sister Bridget is a health professional working with dying patients; Anne is at home all day with a young daughter; Emma is television's most popular newsreader; and Dominique has re-entered their lives after a bitter period of estrangement. As the play moves backward and forwards in time, sisters and friends confront their long-standing rivalries, jealousies and resentments. And all the while, one of the seven moves unknowingly towards her own death.

A Moment on the Lips by revered Australian playwright, Jonathan Gavin is about the difficult search for meaning and fulfillment in life, our ability to rise to the challenges life throws at us, and the powers we all have for transformation.


March 25 - April 12, 2014

Old Fitz Theatre

By Jonathan Gavin

Directed by Mackenzie Steele



"a fascinating production" (The Brag Magazine, 2014)


"All develop into unpredictably complex characters in what is a broadly appealing and long overdue revival." (Jason Blake, Eight Nights a Week, 2014)


"an extraordinarily generous and talented cast" (Lisa Thatcher, 2014)


"Mackenzie Steele’s production of Jonathan Gavin’s A Moment on the Lips is both funny and moving. And the performances are brilliant." (Theatre Red, 2014)


" excellent sense of character construction... a satisfying richness - poignant, hilarious and deeply human... genuinely exciting work..." (Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald, 2003)

Photo courtesy of Katy Green Loughrey

" excellent sense of character construction... a satisfying richness...poignant, hilarious and deeply human... genuinely exciting work..." The Sydney Morning Herald

Production image courtesy of Katy Green Loughrey



Producers: Claudia Barrie and Sarah Aubrey

Director: Mackenzie Steele                        

Assistant Director: Melinda Pedavoli

Lighting Design: Alex Berlage

Set Design: Charlie Davis

Costume Design: Isabella Andronos

Graphic Design: Cheryl Ward

Cast: Beth Aubrey, Sarah Aubrey, Claudia Barrie, Lucy Goleby, Sonya Kerr, Ainslie McGlynn, Sabryna Te'o


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