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Ellen – a Play reading

Melbourne Athenaeum Library

Event Date: 21 October 2022
Author / Presenters: Angus Cerini

Acclaimed actors Alison Whyte and Mark Leonard Winter will bring Angus Cerini’s play, Ellen, to life this Friday (21st October) in the library – and tickets are still available.

Directed by recent Australia Council Award recipient Susie Dee, Ellen was penned by the library’s 2019 writer-in-residence Angus Cerini, a multi award-winning writer, performer and theatre maker.

Alison Whyte has an extensive catalogue of television, theatre and film roles, and is best known for her work in Frontline and Satisfaction. Last year she appeared in Fisk and Jack Irish.

Mark Leonard Winter appeared with Alison in The Dressmaker. He also featured in Escape from Pretoria and the 2022 movie Elvis, and has had many major roles with the Melbourne and Sydney theatre companies.

Alison and Mark will perform a play reading of Ellen, which Angus describes as: “It is a November day in Melbourne in 1880 when Ellen King visits her son in his cell at Melbourne Gaol. She has come from her own cell in the same jail. His name is Ned Kelly and tomorrow he hangs. What does the mother of a killer say to her son? Why was she locked up in the very same prison? And what relevance does this story have to our world today?”

Tickets to the play reading are $10 for members and $15 for non-members and include a glass of wine. Doors open at 6pm. Bookings are required by calling 9650 3100 or emailing [email protected]

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