Bendigo Bank is the proud Production Sponsor of Managing Carmen.
Brent Lyall has it all. At 23 years old he has a beautiful girlfriend, two Brownlow medals, and he’s already the captain of one of the most powerful football clubs in the land. There’s just one small hitch. Occasionally he enjoys dressing up in women’s clothes.
Uncovering his client’s penchant for cross dressing, Brent’s wily agent Rohan Swift swings into damage control to prevent the devastating truth from coming out. The media already has a whiff of the story and the humiliation of a public outing would spell the end of the athlete’s career, not to mention the mountains of cash they’re both making through Brent’s endorsements.
Inevitably, the AFL player’s addiction is irrepressible and his alter ego must be set free.
With more than 40 years in the business and a string of box office successes, David Williamson (The Club, Don’s Party, Let the Sunshine) has earned a reputation as our country’s most popular and successful playwright. Managing Carmen is Williamson’s latest laugh-out-loud instalment, holding a mirror up to the personalities we’ve all come to love and hate – the whatever-it-takes businessman, the bimbo trophy wife, and of course, the flawed footy hero.
Warnings: Some coarse language, sexual references, strobe lighting and smoke effects.
Running Time: 2 hours including an interval
Audio described performance: Saturday 27 October, 2pm
“When author David Williamson was brought on stage to take a bow with the cast at the close of the inaugural performance of his new play ‘Managing Carmen’ at the QPAC Playhouse on Thursday night, the theatre rose to give him and the cast a prolonged and deserved standing ovation…The casts is flawless, believable and all take full advantage of Mr Williamson’s well drawn characters to give a performance where suspending disbelief is easy and where sharing the emotional rollercoaster of the characters is unavoidable. This is a show not to be missed.” – QNews
“Let’s say a word of praise for the frocks which almost rivalled Priscilla for glitz. Managing Carmen is a classy co-production between QTC and Black Swan State Theatre Company, and proves once again why David Williamson is one of “Australia’s Living National Treasures.” – Stage Whispers