Wallis Murphy-Munn on Sweet Phoebe
Actor and producer Wallis Murphy-Munn talks to Theatre Alive about Sweet Phoebe.
Why did you choose to produce Michael Gow’s play Sweet Phoebe, eighteen years after its first production?
I first encountered Sweet Phoebe as a teenager and instantly fell in love. Helen and Frazer’s journey from their supposedly perfect life through enduring the loss of a dog – Phoebe – that they’re guilt-tripped into minding, to confronting their deep seated relationship issues still resonates today.
The audience is taken through a series of sometimes hilarious, sometimes quite dark moments in not much more than an hour.
As an actor, I was attracted to this rollercoaster of a journey and the immense challenge it presents.
Tell us about the crowd funding campaign on Pozible.
We have decided to raise funds for this show to support us in producing the best ‘pozible’ product! (See what I did there?) As independent artists we work full time jobs and pour our own money and energy into projects like these. Fundraising is an essential element to any artistic project, so Pozible is the next obvious step.
We are asking people to purchase their tickets via Pozible which incorporates a small donation; this is a great way to support us both by seeing the show and kicking in just a little extra.
Independent theatre in Melbourne is engaging and entertaining ... and it is cheap! People will pay over $100 to see a main stage musical extravaganza, so $25 for a ticket plus a $20 donation is an absolute bargain for the quality of theatre we are producing!
Support us if you can through http://www.pozible.com/index.php/archive/index/5820/description/0/0.
Have you ever looked after a friend’s pet?
Yes I have. I recently did some dog sitting for family friends and thankfully it all went incredibly well!
As I was in rehearsals for the show, I made sure to pay particular attention to where the dog was at all times (and certainly didn’t leave the door open for her to escape, unlike my stage husband)!
Will audiences enjoy your production of Sweet Phoebe?
Of course! Belly laughs and tears promised! They will be drawn into the world of Helen, Frazer and Phoebe. There is plenty to laugh at and (maybe) a little to cry at too.
And in response to the many people who’ve asked if there’ll be a dog on stage, you’ll just have to wait and see ... you may just be surprised!