"If she isn’t the best story-teller in the world, she’s certainly up there with the best… The performance is dazzling" Time Out Magazine (22 March 2015)
The Importance of Being Miriam has been captivating audiences throughout the country, who are greeting its star with standing ovations and rave reviews.________________________________________________________________________________________________
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MIRIAM ……..A Passionate and Sometimes Irreverent Discovery of Words and Music
In this hilarious, heart-warming and thought-provoking new show, internationally renowned actress Miriam Margolyes reveals for the first time on stage the full range of her immense talent.Joined by acclaimed pianist JOHN MARTIN, Miriam reflects on the family influences which have shaped her hugely successful career and her love of literary giants including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde, Throughout this captivating performance, Miriam inhabits over 20 characters with a dazzling variety of the accents for which she is renowned.From Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism, to Romeo and Juliet’s Nurse and Juliet herself, Miriam also encores her Australian and international triumph of Gertrude Stein and A Companion. The best of Charles Dickens features in a showcase of wit, power and pathos.The importance of music in Miriam’s life is recognised in a broad range of repertoire – from Music Hall and Variety to Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Satie and Liszt.Well known for her sense of straight talking and outrageous wit, Miriam will delight in frank, honest and candid observations.The Importance of Being Miriam is a rare and extraordinary theatrical journey.
Devised and directed by Peter J. AdamsCostumes by Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries)Set by Matthew AberlineLighting by Robert CuddonWorld premiere Australian tour produced and presented by Andrew McKinnon
"A few months ago, Ms Margolyes gave a superb one-woman performance that I and many others called a masterclass in acting. Here with Importance, she takes that lesson even further, illustrating how to not just play a character, but how to tell a story, in a way that is captivating and infectious. Few performers can exceed their mastery at delivering a line with a look or facial expression given at just the right moment" AUSTRALIAN STAGE"If she isn’t the best story-teller in the world, she’s certainly up there with the best". "The performance is dazzling" Time Out“Her voice is utterly captivating, and when you add to this her wonderful facial expressions, whether the formidable Lady Bracknell, a po-faced Maggie Smith, and many more, you have a recipe for success.” The Advertiser
“But let’s be serious, folks, Miriam Margolyes could read from the phone book and it’d still be a hit. And so it is.” The Advertiser"THIS PRODUCTION IS A TOUR DE FORCE BY A GENIUS OF THE STAGE AT THE HEIGHT OF HER POWERS" In Daily Adelaide Independent News