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Video: Sarah Peirse on the 'magnificent and terrible' Miss Docker

Date posted: 14 Nov 2018Author: STC Production: A Cheery Soul

One of the most memorable and divisive creatures in Australian theatre, many of us have known a Miss Docker in our time. A pillar of the local church, a carer to the infirm, a sociable neighbour – and an insufferable and inescapable know-it-all. Under the direction of Kip Williams in STC's latest production, Miss Docker also elicits more of our sympathy than ever before as she careens through Sarsaparilla looking for somewhere to belong. 

Below, watch A Cheery Soul's leading lady Sarah Peirse discuss the most infamous character in Australian theatre, featuring original music from the production by Clemence Williams. In Part 1 Sarah sets the scene of Sarsaparill and Miss Docker's place in it, Part 2 dives into the psychology of this incredible character, and Part 3 discusses what makes Patrick White's playwriting so unusual and effective. 
 

PART I

 

PART 2

 

PART 3

 

Head here to see images of previous Miss Dockers over the decades...

 

A Cheery Soul, 5 Nov – 15 Dec 2018, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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