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Archive: Pamela Rabe

Date posted: 3 Sep 2014Author: STC Production: The Children, Jumpy

It is always a pleasure to have the wonderful Pamela Rabe back at The Wharf. Her many wonderful performances with us have been topped in recent years by her equally fine directing. In 2018, she's back on stage in Lucy Kirkwood's new drama The Children. It's the latest instalment of a long and rich STC career...

 

THE HAM FUNERAL (1989)

Pamela's first show with us was in 1989, when she performed alongside Tyler Coppin in Patrick White's vaudevillian drama The Ham Funeral. (Photo: Stuart Campbell)


 

THE SECRET RAPTURE (1990)

The following year she performed two shows with us. The first was The Secret Rapture, which also featured Heather Mitchell, Hugo Weaving and Linda Cropper. (Photo: Branco Gaica)


 

THREE SISTERS (1990)

Pamela's second STC show for 1990 was Three Sisters, in which she played Olga to Angie Milliken's Irina. (Photo: Stuart Campbell)


 

LOST IN YONKERS (1992)

In 1992, Pamela performed in Lost in Yonkers alongside Robert Grubb and Ruth Cracknell. (Photo: Robert McFarlane)


 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (1992), PRIVATE LIVES (1997)

Necklines plunged later that year in a saucy period production of Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo below left: Robert McFarlane)

Perhaps Tony Sheldon still had that image in mind five years later, in 1997, when he and Pamela starred in Noel Coward's Private Lives as a feisty divorced couple. (Photo below right: Lisa Iley)


 

THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE (1999)

Next she performed alongside Greg Stone in Martin McDonagh's The Beauty Queen of Leenane in 1999, a production that toured the following year. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)


 

SALT (2001)

In 2001, Pamela took to the stage with the great Ruth Cracknell for the emotional tug-of-war Salt. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)


 

HOLY DAY (2003), BLITHE SPIRIT (2004)

Two years later, Andrew Bovell's intense work Holy Day brought Pamela back to STC, followed by another Noel Coward work, Blithe Spirit, in 2004. (Photos: Tracey Schramm)


 

THE CHERRY ORCHARD (2005)

In 2005, Pamela played Carlotta in The Cherry Orchard, with Andrew Rodoreda (Yasha) and Pip Miller (Simyonov-Pischik). (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)


 

MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN (2006)

In 2006, STC was thrilled to announce that Pamela was one of the original members of the STC Actors Company, and her first performance as a company member was in the title role of the Brecht classic Mother Courage and Her Children. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)


 

THE LOST ECHO (2006)

This was a busy year for Pamela, as she also performed in the Barry Kosky-directed epic The Lost Echo. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)


 

THE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN (2006), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (2007)

The final show for the year featuring the STC Actors Company was the elaborate costume comedy The Bourgeois Gentleman, which also featured Peter Carroll. (Photo below left: Tracey Schramm)

In 2007, Pamela avoided the rain in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Brandon Burke. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)


 

THE SEASON AT SARSAPARILLA (2007)

Also in 2007, she joined her fellow STC Actors Company members in Benedict Andrews' spectacular production of Patrick White's The Season at Sarsaparilla, in which she gave glorious depth to the glamorously bored housewife Nora. (Photo: Tania Kelley)


 

THE WAR OF THE ROSES (2009)

In 2009, Pamela was part of the mammoth production The War of the Roses, in which she played the Duchess of Gloucester, sister-in-law to Gaunt, Richard of Gloucester, son of York and, finally, a truly stunning Richard III. (Photo: Tania Kelley)


 

ELLING (2009)

Later in 2009, Pamela returned with her director's hat on, bringing about a fabulous production of Elling, which starred Darren Gilshenan and Lachy Hulme. (Photo: Tracey Schramm)


 

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY (2011)

And in 2011, Pamela again directed. This time it was Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or the vibrator play in which David Roberts' doctor got very hands on with Helen Thomson, while Jacqueline McKenzie listened in with understandable interest. (Photo: Brett Boardman)


 

LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES (2012)

Pamela's most recent appearance here at The Wharf was in 2012 for Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Hugo Weaving. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

 

The Children, 29 Mar – 19 May 2018, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

 

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