UNSUNG HEROES

by Barbara Hostalek, Gita Bezard, Chris Isaacs, Hellie Turner, Mararo Wangai
Photography: Philip Gostelow

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UNSUNG HEROES

by Barbara Hostalek, Gita Bezard, Chris Isaacs, Hellie Turner, Mararo Wangai

SONG IN THE KEY OF TRUST by Mararo Wangai

A renowned musician follows his passion for song to a country far from the land of his birth.

This is the story of Momed (Mahamudo Selimane), from Maputo, Mozambique. It traces his journey to becoming a well-known musician who travels the world and eventually settles in Fremantle.

OWN WAY by Barbara Hostalek

She’s strong, she’s smart, she has a wicked sense of humour. Her story of survival has changed the law. Own Way tells of Georgia Prideaux-Cera, who managed to get WA’s first ever lifetime restraining order against her abusive ex-partner. It’s a harrowing story of survival, given the violence of the attacks - which continued to occur years beyond Georgia’s leaving him.

THE PERFECT BOY by Gita Bezard

From the stages of Perth to international stardom, The Perfect Boy is the story of world-famous male impersonator, Effie Fellows. Her glittering career saw her travel the world to great acclaim. When living as a man offstage, Effie sauntered her way through doors that were closed to women of her time. Whether she was marrying a clown or enthralling an audience, Effie was an adventurer and a true individual to the end.

LESSON IN THE ART OF BUTTERFLY by Hellie Turner

A courageous doctor risks all, to shine a light on the right to choose.

This is the true story of Alida Lancee, the Perth doctor who faced public notoriety after admitting that, when palliative treatments failed to help, she had assisted a terminal, suffering patient to die. Her admission, by design, galvanised the public debate on assisted dying in WA, eventuating in a change to the law.

THE UNREMARKABLE AND ORDINARY LIFE OF CARMELA CATERINA TASSONE (NEE PANAIA) by Chris Isaacs

Carmela Caterina Tassone is a woman who places aren’t named after. Her name has never made newspaper headlines. You will never have heard of her. This is the story of her nondescript existence.

Playwright Chris Isaacs tells the story of one Italian immigrant woman, his grandmother, who survived many hardships and after WW11, brought her strength of character, commitment to hard work and love of family to this country.

The UNSUNG HEROES suite of monologues was commissioned by Black Swan State Theatre Company.