An impressionistic solo play about one man’s love of theatre and fantasy, told through the life of Sir Robert Helpmann.

'...a riotous and theatrically sophisticated portrait of an artist far beyond the straightjacket of the strictly biographical approach. A classic of the Australian theatre.' Campion Decent, Artistic Director of HotHouse Theatre

'Tyler Coppin’s wryly entertaining one-man frolic with the life, accomplishments and feathery flourishes of Helpmann … rich in detail and legend, is an ideal vehicle for studying prospects for artists in Australia over much of the 20th century.' Murray Bramwell, The Australian, October 19, 2007

'Coppin celebrates the self and the fact that art, as much as sport in this spectator nation, is an essential quality of life. A triumph.' Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald, February 10, 1999

Winner of the 1999 Edinburgh Fringe First Award

  • impressionistic biographical solo play
  • 93
  • 1 total
  • 1 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Sir Robert Helpmann

Male | 60+ | over 10 minutes
Starts on page 2

EXTRACT: I dreamed as a child that I was curled comfortably and dozing atop an enormous powder puff, wearing only a pair of tights. My little head was nestled gloriously on two plump pillows with satin covers. In the dream I awoke. But rather than seeing my initials embroidered on the edges of the pillow slips, I saw two simple words which would later come to hold great meaning in my life: Max Factor.

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