Sydney Premiere of Margaret Fulton: Queen of The Dessert
Australian icon Margaret Fulton will be honoured in her hometown of Sydney with the staging of the musical comedy Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre from October 12 – 27.
Margaret Fulton is famous for selling 1.5 million cook books and teaching Australians how to cook. Not so well known is her bohemian life in The Rocks, escapes from ‘decorative, elegant and useless men’ and struggles as a single mother.
The musical by Doug Macleod (Comedy writer) and Yuri Worontschak (AFI Award winning composer) was critically acclaimed at its premiere in Melbourne – described as “hilarious, sassy and rousing” by the Herald-Sun, “a banquet of entertainment” by Stage Whispers Magazine and “ninety minutes of delectable enjoyment” by Simon Parris.
The musical is based on the biography of Margaret Fulton I sang for my supper. Margaret, now aged 93, received a standing ovation when she attended a performance of the original season and is delighted the production will be seen in Sydney.
"I always dreamed of being a bluebell dancer unfortunately my legs did not make the grade, so I took up cooking instead,” she said.
“Now my dreams have come true with the gorgeous Manon and cast taking on my life in a way I might have done, if I had the pins."
Playing Margaret Fulton in the Bondi Theatre Company production is Manon Gunderson-Briggs, fresh from starring in the Hayes Theatre production of Cry Baby and before that one of the Bridesmaids in Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
“I am so excited to playing the iconic and incredibly intelligent Margaret Fulton,” she said.
The Bondi Theatre Company (in its second year) is an independent theatre company hosting a season of Musical, Cabaret, Children’s Theatre and Shakespeare at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre during October.
The Producer is David Spicer – the owner of David Spicer Productions – a theatrical agency which represents the rights to musicals such as The Boy From Oz and We Will Rock You.
“Our team has been working closely with the fabulously talented Doug Macleod and Yuri Worontschak to make the musical even more enjoyable than the original season which starred Amy Lehpamer.”
The production coincides with the 50th anniversary release of the original Margaret Fulton cook book published by Hardie Grant.
Full details of the extended season will be announced next week.
Bookings can be made at www.bonditheatrecompany.com.au
TEN PERFORMANCES ONLY DURING OCTOBER: Fri 12th and Sat 13th @ 7pm, Wed 17th @11am (followed by guest VIP Q & A), Fri 19th and Sat 20th @ 7pm, Sun 21st @ 2pm, Wed 24th @ 11am (Babies welcome session), Thur 25th and Fri 26th @ 7pm, and Sat 27th at 830pm.
Director: Ruth Fingret
Musical Director: Mary Lennon
Choreographer: Emma Jarman
Manon Gunderson-Briggs: Margaret Fulton
Rebecca Spicer: Bea, Woman Boss, TV announcer
Clare McCallum: Isabella
Jasmine Sands: Mandrake, Girl, Cabin announcer
Alexander Morgan: Nuts Boss, Gas Boss, Truth Boss, Ad Boss, Denis, Paul Hamlyn and Boy1
Brett O'Neill: Bank Manager, Trevor, Secret Boss, Bobby Limb and Michael
Image: Lightbox Photography