Touring as part of the 2023 Connecting Places Program
The surprise discovery of Damian Callinan’s mother’s 1946 diary leads him on a cinematic, romantic romp through post-war Melbourne. However as he follows his mother’s work life, social romps and volunteer work with wounded returned servicemen, he finds the diary poses more questions than it does answers.
With suitors lining up for 19 year old Kathleen Purcell, will Jack Bowlen ever get the Canadian 2 Step right? Will Ron Rogan keep his hands to himself? Which Collingwood player will throw his hat in the ring? But most importantly for Damian’s very existence, will she notice the dapper fly boy Adrian, who has just returned from active service?
His mother’s charming journal is hilariously contrasted with his father Adrian’s headmasterly, retirement diary that bookends his parent’s loving relationship and sadly, reveals the tragedy that brought it to an end.
The creator and star of the Netflix hit film ‘The Merger,’ uses his powerful gift for storytelling to recast his parents in a funny & poignant double feature of love and loss.
Utilising Damian’s trademark storytelling, sketch, and character driven comedy, this one man show will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. A deeply personal story grounded in the nostalgia of 1940s suburban Melbourne, the show is sure to pull at many heartstrings.
Touring window: October 2023
Fee: $3,300 + $500 for technical equipment (optional) + 10% royalties + GST
Ideal for: Regional audiences, historical societies, theatre and comedy lovers, family groups