The Clean House at Stirling Players

The Clean House at Stirling Players

Stirling Players (South Australia) will present Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House during September and October 2017.  The play is a quirky, romantic “dramedy” centred around Matilde, a Brazilian woman who has wound up a cleaner instead of a comedienne. The Clean Housewas a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Sarah Ruhl’s script weaves together the frayed edges of conflicting lives with whimsy and wisdom.

This will be a bilingual production, Portuguese and English, with one of the actors, from Brazil, using her native tongue, and somewhat unusually, this straight play features an on-stage musician, also from Adelaide's Brazilian community.

Matilde is Lane’s cleaner, but her dream is to be a comedienne.  Lane is a doctor for a very important hospital and is married to Charles, also a doctor.  Virginia is Lane’s sister, an unfulfilled housewife who loves nothing more than to clean.  Matilda and Virginia cook up a plan to keep Lane’s house clean, while Matilde works on the perfect joke.  All is going perfectly until they find a pair of panties that definitely do not belong to Lane.  It turns out Charles is having an affair with Ana, a free-spirited woman who’s been diagnosed with cancer. 

What happens next is an honest and yet quirky portrayal of life, love, freedom and loss with four very different women facing four very different futures.

Directed by Kevin Burrett, the cast includes Julie Quick as Ana, Jo Pugh as Lane, Jenny Penny as Virginia, Andrea Freitas as Matilde, Peter Davies as Charles, plus Anna Gabriela as ‘Musician’.

Stirling Players is offering a show about life, love, death and the search for the perfect joke.


Fri & Sat 22, 23, 29 & 30 September and 6 & 7 October 8pm
Sun 24 September & 1 October 4pm
Backstage tour, Q&A and meet the cast after 24 Sep matinee.


Stirling Community Theatre, Avenue Road, Stirling


$22 adult, $18 conc., $16 child U18 (plus special discounts for groups of 10+ and family bookings)

Book at  or from August 2017 phone Stirling Players’ Ticketing 08 7481 6152

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