Month: June 2011

Welfarewell (2011)

Cat Delaney: Welfarewell

 

Esmeralda Quipp, once a great Shakespearian actress, now 80 years old, is at her wits’ end. Her pension can barely cover the cost of her medicines and pills, she is three months overdue with the rent, the central heating has been turned off, the electricity has been cut off and all this in the middle of a Canadian winter! And if this was not enough, her last beloved cat Merlin has just died and there is no money to cremate him like all the other cats before him.
Caught by her landlord trying to bury the cat in the front garden, she is taken to the police station where she discovers the benefits of the holding cell: three warm meals a day, central heating, nice people who bring you a nice cup of tea and the most interesting people locked up with her that you can imagine! Unfortunately, an overzealous social worker and a well-meaning lawyer successfully keep hauling her out of this wonderful environment which seems to be the ideal solution to all her problems.
What to do next? Why, rob a bank of course! But the system that has failed her also wants to forgive her because of her age and general health, and the public defender wants to use an insanity plea to get her off. Does Esmeralda find a way to keep herself locked up – or maybe, just maybe, is there something left for Esmeralda to do with her remaining days?

 


 

 


 

Cast

Esmeralda QuippSandra Pendlebury Laing
Alfred DavidKevin Bailey
ValMartina Landl
Penny FarthingaleSarah Wagner
Mildred McGonigle
Gladys Symmington-Bukovitch
Natascha Fuka
Officer H.B. HackettCeline von Garssen
Jennifer DoerTina Kaltseis
Laura Lindahl
Dottie RamsbottomEmily Mahoney
Judge JuliusMona Lobendanz
Landlord
Chef
Bank Customer
Jim Laing
Bank Teller #1Britta Opatz
Bank Teller #2Rebecca Jelbert
Bank Teller #3Rebecca Jelbert

 

Crew

Producer & DirectorMichael Darmanin
Assistant DirectorAija-Mari Oksman
Costume & Make-UpHellmut Hölzl
Set DesignAlois Ellmauer
Sound & LightErich Posch
Photography Alois Lobendanz
Programme & Poster DesignThomas Wizany
Ruth Humer
Backstage CrewAija-Mari Oksman
Sonya Armaghanjan
Make-Up CrewJulia Casper
Barbara Gräff
FilmingRupert Riedl

Reviews: Welfarewell (2011)

Cat Delaney: “Welfarewell”

 


“Welfarewell” – Komödie in englischer Sprache im Kleinen Theater (Dorfzeitung.at, 02/06/2011)

„Mit dieser flotten Inszenierung hat es Michael Darmanin und seine English Drama Group wiederum geschafft, das Publikum mit einem unterhaltsamen Stück einer bei uns noch unbekannten Autorin zu überraschen und zu begeistern.“


Kater Merlin ist an allem Schuld (DrehPunktKultur, 31/05/2016)

„Darmanin’s kurzweilige Inszenierung lebt von den Schauspielern, die jegliche Schrullen und Macken ihrer Charaktere überzeugend zum Ausdruck bringen…Welfarewell bietet gewohnt gute Unterhaltung von Salzburgs einziger englischsprachiger Laientheatergruppe, auf deren jährliche Inszenierung man sich immer freuen darf.“