MAGDA'S FASCINATION WITH WAX CATS
Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats is a wild ride through feral country filtered through Magda's foggy glasses. It's poetic and unpleasant, sensual and scary and puts a beautiful frame around a brutal life. It's a play for escapists, curious cats and anyone who's ever run away with their imagination until reality catches up.
This is Magda's rude awakening from third to first person.
Described by the Australian Theatre for Young People as 'a cross between Molière, Kerouac and Fifty Cent', Magda’s Fascination with Wax Cats is an incandescent commentary amid the corn-fields that surround her anonymous flyspeck town in remote rural Australia.
In 2004 Magda's Fascination with Wax Cats was a finalist in the Dogwood Playwright's Initiative. In 2005 it won Queensland Theatre Company's George Landen Dann Award and was read during The Works program of new writing. In 2006, the play was produced in a triple bill of young writers' work in Sydney by the Australian Theatre for Young People, and in May 2008, a Brisbane production by independent producers (The Forward Movement) took place at Metro Arts, earning Mellor a Matilda Award Nomination for best emerging artist (as a playwright in a category usually reserved for actors).
Magda's Fascination with Wax Cats is published in Independent Brisbane, by Playlab Press.
Mellor’s writing is rich
Sydney Morning Herald
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A beautifully rich and satisfying one hour of theatre, evocative of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood ... Mellor’s script is a beautiful snapshot of an awful day. Her language bristles and shoots sparks, painting pictures and evoking landscapes and people.