A true-life story of turning lemons into lemonade wine, Essence Productions presents the premiere season of Alaine Beek’s new Australian Work, Jack and Millie at the Saltwater Community Centre Amphitheatre from 18 February 2021.
Based on writer Alaine Beek’s personal experience of traversing the mental challenges and funny moments of a cancer diagnosis, Jack and Millie is a witty, gritty and important new Australian work, complete with lashings of laughter.
A fifty-something professional at the peak of her career, Millie is about to find out just how quickly life can change when she’s unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer. We all respond differently to life changing moments; Millie deals with her shocking news by creating an imaginary friend called Jack. A friend to help her make sense of a world that has just been completely turned upside down.
Performed in the Saltwater Community Centre Ampitheatre, this clever black comedy offers theatre lovers the opportunity to return to live performance in a COVID-Safe, outdoor Summer setting. Perfect for an evening of drinks, art and laughter.
Running since 2003, Essence Productions is an independent theatre company founded by Alaine Beek with a focus on bringing Australian stories to life through performance. They are the resident theatre company at Werribee Park, where they have delighted audiences from across the globe every weekend for the past two decades.
Other company productions include The Scrunch Test, What Was That?, Shepherd Kings, Down to Earth, Testing Nothing, A Good Coffee, and their season of Point of No Return, which toured nationally to rave reviews.
Director: Nigel Sutton Featuring: Alaine Beek, Jennifer Vuletic, Phil Cameron-Smith Sound Design: Mike Withers, Kevin Hopkins Stage Manager: Chris de Zeeuw Writer: Alaine Beek
Jack and Millie
Saltwater Community Centre Amphitheatre – 153 Saltwater Prom, Point Cook
Season: 18 – 27 February 2021
Information and Bookings: www.essenceproductions.com.au
Image: Alaine Beek and Phil Cameron-Smith – photo by David Mullins