A woman is alone in deep suburbia. The woman is burdened by a recurring memory of the day her daughter did something appalling at a child beauty competition. Driven by the need to justify and explain the circumstances that led to this unspeakable event she fantasizes, confessing her story on an imagined talk back television show. As the screamingly funny, yet ultimately chilling story unfolds, the performer moves from character to character – male, female, young and old with incredible physical and vocal dexterity and pinpoint accuracy.
“Even more so than Betzien’s Kingswood Kids, which received a main house stint at La Boite during last year’s Brisbane Festival, this short play cries out to be seen by a wider audience.”
Brett Debritz, Brisbane News
“Unlike the complacent contempt that normally characterises satires of middle – class life in Australia, The Princess of Suburbia has the courage to really hate.”
Ben Eltham, The Courier Mail
“The audience’s reaction subsides from hoarse laughter to stricken silence.”
Paul Galloway, Brisbane News
“The audience roars with laughter… side-splittingly funny.”
Katherine Lyall-Watson, Time Off
Writer: Angela Betzien
Director: Leticia Caceres
Composer: Pete Goodwin (The Sweats)
Designer: Christopher Totten
Lighting Designer: George Meijer
Cast: Jodie Le Vesconte
Photographer: Susan Fuks
Cement Box Theatre – October, 2001.
Magdalena Australia Festival and Sheila’s Shorts Festival Brisbane – April, 2003.